An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Vultures and Condors  

Vultures and Condors are in the same order as Hawks, Accipitriformes, although some taxonomy systems have condors in another order. Both eat carrion.


Black Vulture
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Camarones, Colombia
The most common species of vulture in the Americas. In one place in Peru, hunting was approved because the government thought there were too many.

Andean Condor
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
Zoo, Cusco, Peru
A captive Andean Condor. The Andean Condor is the national bird of four South American countries.

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Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
Colca Canyon, Peru
Condors are among the largest of flying birds, the largest in the Americas, and can have a wingspan of over three meters.

King Vulture
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
Zoo, Pereira, Colombia
The King Vulture is a very unique vulture, and is the largest in the Americas.


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