Lola, our King Vulture

DESCRIPTION

The king vulture is a large bird found in Central and South AmericaLarge and predominantly white, the King Vulture has gray to black ruff, flight, and tail feathers.

The head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.

The King Vulture has a very noticeable yellow fleshy caruncle on its beak. Its overall length ranges from 67–81 centimeters (27–32 in) and its wingspan is 1.2–2 meters (4–6.6 ft). Its weight ranges from 2.7–4.5 kilograms (6–10 lb)

HABITAT

The King Vulture inhabits an estimated 14 million km2 (5.4 million mi2) between southern Mexico and northern Argentina.

DIET

The King Vulture eats anything from cattle carcasses to beached fish and dead lizards.

In forests, it is likely to eat sloth. Principally a carrion eater, there are isolated reports of it eating injured animals, newborn calves and small lizards.

The vulture’s tongue is rasp-like, which allows it to pull flesh off of the carcass’s bones.

Generally, it only eats the skin and harder parts of the tissue of its meal.

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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