Birds of Colombia

VULTURES | GALLINAZOS

Vultures feed on carrion and rarely kill prey. They possess excellent acute sense of smell and sight, and strong legs and feet with powerful claws. Usually seen in groups. Each bird keeps an eye other widely scattered birds. Should one drop to the ground others quickly follow. Can live from 15 to 26 years. Usually silent, hisses and barks occasionally. Defecate down the legs to cool down and kill bacteria with the ammonia content of their feces. Spread their wing to sun themselves and increase body temperature.

Tienen una vista y olfato excelentes para detector animales muertos. De picos, patas y garras fuertes. Viven en grupos y pueden ver cuando uno desciende a lo lejos y asi todos van al mismo lugar. Viven de 15 a 26 años. Son silenciosos y emiten pocos ruidos. Algunos defecan en sus piernas como lo hacen las cigüeñas para enfriarse o matar bacterias con el amoníaco de las heces. A veces extienden sus alas para calentarse.

ANDEAN CONDOR

Name in English: Andean condor
Name in Spanish: Condor de los Andes
Order: Accipitriformes 
Family: Cathartidae
Scientific Name: Vultur gryphus
Size/Tamaño: 49 in | 125 cm 
Status: Endangered
Location: Pasto, Nariño, Altura 1300 m 
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andean condor, condor de los andes, vulture gryphus

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BLACK VULTURE

Name in English: Black Vulture
Name in Spanish: Gallinazo negro
Order: Accipitriformes 
Family: Cathartidae
Scientific Name: Coragyps atratus
Size/Tamaño: 25 in | 65 cm 
Status: 
Location: All of the country 
Altura:  <3600 m 
Notes: 


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andean condor, condor de los andes, vulture gryphus

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Turkey VULTURE

Name in English: Turkey Vulture
Name in Spanish: Guala cabecirroja
Order: Accipitriformes 
Family: Cathartidae
Scientific Name: Cathartes aura
Size/Tamaño: 30 in | 75 cm 
Status: 
Location: All of the country 
Altura:  < 2500 m 
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ORDER ACCIPITRIFORMES
FAMILY Cathartidae - FAMILIA CATHARTIDAE

Species of the family Cathartidae, to photograph 
Species de la familia Cathartidae por fotografiar

Scientific Name Name in Spanish Name in English
Cathartes burrovianus Guala Sabanera Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes melambrotus Guala Amazónica Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Sarcoramphus papa Rey de los Gallinazos King Vulture