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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Color Carnival

To Play Visit Martha...










Pictures from our zoo here in Fresno... We have two King Vultures...

The following is from Wikipedia...

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. This vulture lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, though some believe that William Bartram's Painted Vulture of Florida may be of this species. It is the only surviving member of the genus Sarcoramphus, though fossil members are known.

It is large and predominantly white, with gray to black ruff, flight, and tail feathers. Its head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red. The King Vulture has a very noticeable yellow fleshy caruncle on its beak. This vulture is a scavenger and it often makes the initial cut into a fresh carcass. It also displaces smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King Vultures have been known to live for up to 30 years in captivity.

King Vultures were popular figures in the Mayan codices as well as in local folklore and medicine. Though currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN, they are decreasing in number, due primarily to habitat loss.


Happy Journaling...

4 comments:

a corgi said...

very interesting! I'm glad you included the info about the king vulture! unusual and colorful bird for sure!

loved Holly in the bag! cute header!

betty

Sonya said...

Very unique!

happilyretired said...

What STUNNING shots of this unique bird. I've never seen such a COLORFUL vulture! Thanks for sharing all the related info too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Martha said...

I never knew these existed! How cool, colorful and interesting! Sorry I'm so far behind - trying to catch up this weekend. I hope all is well in your world :-)