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His unique and intimidating looks are sure to appeal to him, after all, that’s why he’s called KING!

His unique and intimidating looks are sure to appeal to him, after all, that’s why he’s called KING!
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A highly menacing look with his low neck and long fleshy wattle, but don’t worry he means you no harm.

MEET THE KING VULTURE

The King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) is a large bird found in Central and South America. It is a member of the New World vulture family Cathartidae. The king vulture is a large New World vulture. The acacia tree is commonly known as wattle, and scientists have not yet discovered its true purpose.

Males and females are virtually identical, both having thick claws and very keen eyesight.

Unlike the poor eyesight of many other vultures.

Not only named the king of the vultures, but the king vulture also eats like a king.

Whenever a King vulture lands at a feeding site, all the smaller vultures move right out of the way letting the King vulture eat first!

The king vulture eats anything from cattle carcasses to beached fish and dead lizards. Principally a carrion eater, there are isolated reports of it killing and eating injured animals, newborn calves, and small lizards.

Adult king vultures mature at about four or five years of age, with females maturing a little later than males. These birds usually breed in summer. A king vulture fights for life and lays an unmarked white egg in its nest in a hollow tree. To ward off predators, vultures guard their nests with odors. Both parents incubate the egg for 52-58 days before it hatches. If the egg is lost, it will be replaced after about six weeks. Both parents participate in brooding and brooding until the chick is about a week old, after which they tend to watch rather than brood. From one month to three months, chicks move and explore around the nest and make their first flight at three months.

This bird is a species of least concern to the IUCN, with an estimated range of 14 million square kilometers (5,400,000 sq mi) and between 10,000 and 100,000 wild individuals.

WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS BIRD RIGHT HERE IN THE VIDEO BELOW:

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