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Sarcoramphus papa (King Vulture) | by PriscillaBurcher
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Sarcoramphus papa (King Vulture)

King Vulture is a large, striking bird of undisturbed lowland forests, from southern Mexico south to northern Argentina. The body of the adult is largely white, with contrasting black remiges and a blackish neck ruff. The head and neck are bare and covered in protruding skin folds and intricate patterns of purple, orange, and yellow.


Like other vultures, the King is a scavenger. It apparently lacks a developed sense of smell, so it must depend on other vultures to lead it to food. Its large size and powerful bill then allow it to dominate at a carcass, ripping into areas that the smaller vultures cannot reach. It nests on the ground or in tree stumps, and lays a single egg per nesting attempt.


Photo taken at the AVIARIO NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA, Barú.


Colombia is the number one country in the world to have the largest varieties of birds, having about 1,876 species and almost 70 kinds that belong specially to Colombia. AVIARIO NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA has done an amazing job to show that. You see some of birds free and others in beautiful habitats. Peacocks, Toucans, Pink Flamingos, Crane Corona, Guacamayas, Pelicanos, Ducks, all types of little colorful birds Colombia is most famous for it, every imaginable birds are here.


This place is so well design, and so well taking care of, that you think some times you are in paradise!

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Taken on March 1, 2017