King Vulture

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  • Class: Aves

  • Order: Cathartiformes

  • Family: Cathartidae

  • Genus: Sarcoramphus

  • Species: S. papa

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) was completed on January 10, 2018. This drawing is based on a photograph I took at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2016. Though I have seen the species plenty of times in the wild, I have never obtained photographs of a wild bird.   

INFORMATION ABOUT KING VULTURE

The King Vulture is more brightly-colored than most vultures, with predominately white body plumage and brightly-colored waddles on its head. Like other new world vultures, it is a scavenger feeding mostly on already-dead animals. They range from southern Mexico south central South America. This species was revered by the Maya, and is depicted quite often in archaeological finds.

  • Length: 26–32 in (67–81 cm)
  • Wingspan: 47–78 in (1.2–2 m)
  • Weight: 95–158 oz (2.7–4.5 kg)
  • Habitat: Generally found near humid lowland forest, particularly in forest openings such as grasslands and savannas.
  • Food: An opportunist foraging on carrion, it is believed to located food predominantly by observing other vulture species. It will typically displace other species, except the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) where the two species occur together.
  • Reproduction: Most of what is known about reproduction comes from captive birds. King Vultures reach sexual maturity at 4 to 5 years of age. They mate for life, and will nest during the local dry season. Parents share incubation and chick rearing duties.
  • Conservation Status: IUCN Red List - LC (Least Concern)
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Vector drawing (infinitely scaleable)

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Vector image drawn in Affinity Designer

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