King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa


New and Old World vultures are entirely unrelated. Found in the Americas, New World vultures, like the King vulture, are more closely related to storks. On the other side of the globe, Old World vultures are more closely related to hawks and eagles. Convergent evolution is responsible for these unrelated species appearing so similar.

King vultures are scavengers. They eat carrion or the remains of other carnivorous animals’ meals.
Densely forested, lowland tropic forests from southern Mexico to northern Argentina.

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Logging of mature forests and habitat destruction for agricultural and livestock production has king vulture habitat.

Visit the king vultures in the aviary between the Birdhouse and Spots ‘n’ Stripes Railroad.