Birds of Colombia

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae (New World Vultures)  
Genus: Cathartes (3 species, 3 worldwide)



Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Sopetran, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Larger than the [Black Vulture], and uses scent to find carrion.
The Turkey Vultures that migrate to the tropics from North America have all red heads.
In flight. Note no white on back of wing of Turkey Vulture compared to smaller [Black Vulture].

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
Pousada Rio Claro, Pantanal, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
Hato Aurora, Casanare, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

More likely to be found outside of the forest than very similar [Greater Yellow-headed Vulture]. Note immature lacks yellow head and is similar to [Turkey Vulture].
Group shot.

Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus)
Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
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Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus) Immature
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia
  Immature with wings open.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Compare to [Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture], but note larger broader wings and longer tail. Found inside the forest. Note immature lacks yellow head and is similar to [Turkey Vulture].
Alt. photo


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