Geographical Range Mexico, southern Central America, South America
Habitat Forests, savannas
Scientific Name Sarcoramphus papa
Conservation Status Common

This colorful vulture makes its home in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. Like all vultures, it is a scavenger, and is adept at finding dead animals even in dense forests. Although this may seem to us a distasteful lifestyle, the vulture plays an important role in the complex forest ecosystem.

Did You Know?

The absence of feathers on a vulture's head helps the bird "clean up" after a messy meal.