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Cathartidae - New World Vultures

vulture

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Accipitriformes
 Family: Cathartidae

Turkey VultureThere are seven species in this family. They are all found in North and South America. The birds in this family are scavengers, they eat carrion. They have bare heads, powerful legs and feet, and strong bills.

Species in this family include: the turkey vulture, the lesser yellow-headed vulture, the greater yellow-headed vulture, the black vulture, the king vulture, the California condor and the Andean condor.

 

 

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in the Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus Least Concern
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura Least Concern breeds in nh North America South America New Hampshire Species
  Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes burrovianus Least Concern
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes melambrotus Least Concern
California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus Critically Endangered Endangered in US
King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa Least Concern

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes burrovianus Least Concern North America South America
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture - Cathartes melambrotus Least Concern North America South America
California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America

  Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa Least Concern North America South America
Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus Near Threatened South America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Andean Condor- Vultur gryphus profile Photos Video Near Threatened South America
The Andean condor is the largest raptor in the world.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus profile Photos Video Near Threatened South America
The Andean condor has a white ruff around its neck.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus profile Photos Near Threatened South America
The Andean condor has a wingspan of up to 10½ feet.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus profile Photos Near Threatened South America
Scientists believe that a only few thousand Andean condors remain in the wild.
Source: National Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black vulture can often be seen roosting in trees or perched on a fence post.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black vulture lays its eggs on the bare ground.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black vulture is found from rom southern Canada to southern South America.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus profile Photos Video Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America
The California condor was once extinct in the wild. It has been re-introduced in California, Arizona and Mexico.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus profile Photos Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America
The female California condor lays only one egg every two years
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus profile Photos Audio Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America
The California condor is the largest flying bird in North America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus profile Photos Audio Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America
California condors do not have vocal chords, so they only make hissing and grunting noises.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus profile Photos Critically Endangered Endangered in US North America
The range of the California condor once extended along the entire Pacific coast of North America.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The king vulture has a bald head and neck with skin that can be a combination of yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura profile Photos Video Least Concern breeds in nh North America South America New Hampshire Species
The turkey vulture has a bright red head and face.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura profile Photos Audio Least Concern breeds in nh North America South America New Hampshire Species
The turkey vulture is found throughout the the U.S., except for in Alaska and Hawaii.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura profile Photos Audio Least Concern breeds in nh North America South America New Hampshire Species
Turkey vultures usually roost in large groups at night, but search for food alone during the day.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes