Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (species: Cathartes burrovianus) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Cathartes burrovianus
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

©Fernando Flores: Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)

©Dominic Sherony: Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)

©Amy McAndrews: Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Cathartiformes
Family Cathartidae
Genus Cathartes
Species Cathartes burrovianus



Distinguishing features

Its plumage is black with a green sheen. The throat and the sides of the head are featherless. The head and neck are bare of feathers, and the skin is yellow, with a reddish forehead and nape and a gray-blue crown. The irises of its eyes are red, its legs are white, and its beak is flesh-colored. The eye has a single incomplete row of eyelashes on the upper lid and two rows on the lower lid. The tail is rounded and relatively short for a vulture; the tip of the closed wing extends beyond the tail. Immature lesser yellow-headed vultures have browner plumage, a dusky head, and a white nape. (Wikipedia)


  • From 53 cm to 66 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • From 150 cm to 165 cm - applies to Adults



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