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Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus

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

Demography and Populations

BirdLife International (2014) estimates the total population to number 0.5-4.99 million individuals. This contrasts with Ferguson-Lees et al. (2001) who estimated 100,000 individuals. A census in northern Belize from 15 April- 6 May 1982 documented 61 individuals at 10 locations. The largest flock was 34 observed at Crooked Tree Lagoon (Eitniear 1985, McGehee and Eitniear 1987). Koester (1982) estimated 242-482 Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures migrated through northern Colombia from September until May.

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.