Scientific name: Sarcoramphus papa
Common name: King Vulture
Distribution: Central and South America
Conservation status: Least concern (IUCN)
Physical characters: Colouration: White eyes (ringed with red), White body with black quills on wings and tails (above), orange beak. Head and neck are size: 67.5 - 80cm (27 - 32in); Wingspan: 1.2 - 1.66m (4 - 5.5ft), 2.7 - 4.5 kg.
Habitat: Savannas grass lands and Tropical lowland forests.
Behaviour: Non-migratory. Generally lives alone or in small family groups. They do not build nests, the female simply deposits the egg in the hollow of a rotten tree trunk or in a crack caused by age or lightening.
Reproduction: Egg - Single (White)
Interesting fact: The King Vulture is an expert glider, sometimes soaring for hours without flapping its wings. It is believed that the nest sites of these birds are very smelly for the purpose of scaring off potential predators.