King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa

  • Order: Cathartiformes
  • Family: Cathartidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Melissa Holste, Janet M. Ruth, and Jack C. Eitniear

Demography and Populations

Population estimates predict that there are less than 50,000 King Vultures, but one study suggests  that there are 1,000 – 10,000 individuals (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001). Experts predict that anywhere between 670 – 6700 mature individuals remain in the wild, and populations are considered to be declining (BirdLife International 2014). A King Vulture has been known to live up to 30 years in captivity, but life spans and survivorship rates in the wild are unknown (Houston 1994).

Recommended Citation

Holste, M., J. M. Ruth, and J. C. Eitniear (2014). King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.