|Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Brazilian name: Urubu-de-cabeça-amarela
The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture is difficult to differentiate from other Cathartes species such as the Turkey Vulture and the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture. They all show the two-tones of grey and black when viewed from below although the Greater Yellow-headed has a dark area about one-third in from the wing tip.
It is often difficult to make out the head colour precisely though it is often possible to see the whitish nape of the Turkey Vulture (relevant only in South America apart from the Pacific coast)
|The Lesser Yellow-headed
Vulture flies in a similar fashion to the Turkey Vulture with its
wings held well above the horizontal and tilting unevenly from
side to side without flapping. If you can see the tops of the
wings, the Lesser Yellow-headed has pale patches on the outer
It is usually found in savannas and other open areas as well as at forest edges. It is replaced by the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture in undisturbed tropical forest.
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