King Vulture

Sarcoramphus papa

A fair and just ruler

King vultures live up to their name: despite clearly being the more powerful scavengers, they allow other species to eat peacefully by their side. King vultures have a stronger beak than other vultures and can even cut through the skin of larger animals like monkeys.


  • Origin

    Central and South America (from Mexico to Argentina), Trinidad

  • Habitat

    forested zones such as tropical rainforests as well as the fringes of savannahs and steppes

  • Diet

    Königsgeier ernähren sich von Aas und totem Fisch.

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    approx. 85 cm

  • Weight

    approx. 4,5 kg

  • breeding period

    55 days

  • Erreichbares Alter

    bis 20 Jahre im natürlichen Lebensraum, bis 30 Jahre in menschlicher Obhut

Threat Categories of IUCN

Worlds apart

Vultures of South, Central and North America belong to the New World vulture family and are only distant relatives of the European, African and Asian species.


Did you know that ...

...the wingspan of a king vulture can reach up to two metres, all New World vultures, they have no septum – so you can see through their nostrils hollows in trees or cliffs, or on the ground?

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