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Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus

  • Order: Cathartiformes
  • Family: Cathartidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Jack C. Eitniear


No nest constructed. The eggs of Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture are laid on the ground or in the hollow of a tree (Haverschmidt 1968). Lays 2 creamy white eggs with heavy blotches of brown, gray, and rufous. Incubation period reported as 40 days with nesting period of 70-75 days (Di Giacomo 2005). Egg measurements from Di Giacomo (2005): mean 62.8 x 44.7 mm (range 58.3-65.9 x 43.1-47.4 mm; n = 11); and from Wolfe (1938): 75.5 x 48.5 mm and 74.6 x 48.6 mm. Breeding is reported in April in southern Mexico (Binford 1989) and in February in Suriname (Haverschmidt 1968). Egg laying in Belize is reported in September and October (personal observation).

Recommended Citation

Eitniear, J. C. (2014). Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.