Order: Cathartiformes | Family: Cathartidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brasil
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Peru
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia
Age: Adult and Juveniles | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia
Status: The King Vulture is uncommon soaring over the lowland Amazonian forest and foothill of the Andes where it is known to range up to near 1000 m. Generally away from human settlements. Rare in the semi-deciduous forest in Northwest Peru where it is largely restricted to the lowlands. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.
Name in Spanish: Gallinazo Rey.
Sub-species: King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) (Linnaeus, 1758).
Meaning of Name: Sarcoramphus: Gr. Sarx= flesh and rhamphos = beak. papa= L. Pope, papa= larger, ruler. The ruler or largest of flesh-eating birds.
- Vultures in North, Central, and South America
- Buitres Americanos: Zopilotes, Gallinazos, Jotes y Condores (Spanish)
- Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.