King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa

Parrots aren’t the only colorful birds in La Selva! The brilliant red, yellow and purple patterns on king vultures’ heads make them one of the rainforest’s standout species.

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ORIGIN:
Central and South America

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HABITAT:
Rainforests and grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
7-10 lbs
Height: 2.5 ft

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DIET:
Decaying animal matter

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PREDATORS:
Jaguars and snakes

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Powerful beak

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REPRODUCTION:
57-day incubation

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THREATS:
Habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
40 yrs in human care

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