New World vulture
|New World vultures|
|American Black Vultures on a cow carcass|
New World vultures are the group of vultures that are found in the Americas. They form the family Cathartidae. There are seven species in five genera. Four of the genera contain only one species each, so they are monotypic.
Unlike other birds of prey, they have a good sense of smell. The opening of their nostrils has a hole through from one side of the beak to the other. Some other vultures hop to move on the ground, but the New World vultures walk.
The two largest species are called condors.
Species[change | change source]
- Genus Coragyps
- Black vulture Coragyps atratus in South America and north to US
- Genus Cathartes
- Genus Gymnogyps
- Genus Vultur
- Genus Sarcoramphus
- King vulture Sarcoramphus papa from Southern Mexico to northern Argentina
References[change | change source]
- BirdLife International (2009a)
- BirdLife International (2009)