Special Presentation – Week 1 – King Vulture

While reviewing my picture library I came across this beautiful portrait of a King Vulture. I thought many of you might like it.

[Do not forget to vote for the picture of the year 2011 :-) ]

[and I hope you will be able to come this Saturday to the Gallery Crawl in Nashville]

More about King Vultures:

The King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. Large and predominantly white, the King Vulture has gray to black ruff, flight, and tail feathers. The head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.

The King Vulture has a very noticeable yellow fleshy caruncle on its beak. This vulture is a scavenger and it often makes the initial cut into a fresh carcass. It also displaces smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King Vultures have been known to live for up to 30 years in captivity.

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