NEW WORLD VULTURES   -   CATHARTIDAE


Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura ruficollis
Parque Nacional Natural La Ensenada de Utría, Chocó department, Colombia.
One of the most widespread birds in the Americas. (S8)


Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura ruficollis
Logroño, Morona-Santiago province, Ecuador.
(S6)


Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura jota
Dique Florentino Ameghino, Chubut provice, Argentina.
(S6)


Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura jota
Mirador Río Blanco, San Miguel de Los Bancos, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes burrovianus
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes burrovianus urubitinga
Transpantanal Highway km 20, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
This species occurs widely in savanna areas of the Neotropics, as well as along larger rivers in the Amazon system. It avoids densely forested areas. (S6)

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes burrovianus
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes burrovianus urubitinga
Transpantanal Highway km19, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
From below, the flight feathers have a rather bright silvery sheen. (S6)


Greater Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes melambrotus
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes melambrotus
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The common vulture of forested areas of the Amazon basin, as well as the Orinoco drainage and the Guianas. (S6)


Greater Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes melambrotus
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes melambrotus
Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Compared to the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture C. burrovianus, Greater shows contrastingly darker inner primaries and secondaries from below. (S8)


Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus brasiliensis
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
A bit of a gruesome shot, feasting on a dead caiman. Fortunately this is a natural setting. Most Black Vultures now seem to be found in urban settings where unnatural concentrations gather at landfills (see the next photo), polluted rivers, or even just piles of garbage collecting around poor slums. (D2)


Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus foetens
Zumba, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Gathered around a garbage dump outside the town. (S6)


Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus foetens
Puerto Etén, Lambayeque department, Peru.
(S6)


Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus foetens
Logroño, Morona-Santiago province, Ecuador.
(S6)


King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa
King Vulture
Sarcoramphus papa
El Valle, Chocó department, Colombia.
A fabulously ornate bird found in tropical lowland forest (both humid and deciduous) throughout almost all of the neotropics. (S8)


King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa
King Vulture
Sarcoramphus papa
Jorupe reserve, Loja province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus
Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus
Sierra de Santa Victoria, Salta province, Argentina.
A magnificent bird, usually thought of as the largest bird in the world capable of flight. It can weight over 12 kg with a 3 m wingspan. In northern South America it has declined and is now quite rare, and was even extirpated from Venezuela. Farther south, especially in remote parts of the Andes of Chile and Argentina, it is still fairly common. This photo and the following two were part of a flock of 30+ we found feasting on a dead cow near the road. (S8)


Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus
Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus
Sierra de Santa Victoria, Salta province, Argentina.
The white wing panels on adult birds only become visible when the bird banks. (S8)


Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus
Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus
Sierra de Santa Victoria, Salta province, Argentina.
Juvenile; they lack the white next and wing panels of the adults, but are just as huge and still impressive. (S8)


Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus
Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus
Above Papallacta Lake, Napo province, Ecuador.
(D1)



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