Sunday, May 22, 2016

King Vulture

King vulture, Zoologischer Garten, Zoological Garden, Hamburg
King vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
Zoologischer Garten zu Hamburg
(Zoological Garden of Hamburg)
Hamburg, October 2002

“Large 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. This vulture is a scavenger and it often makes the initial cut into a fresh carcass. It also displaces smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King vultures have been known to live for up to 30 years in captivity.”
(King vulture, Wikipedia)

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