The king vulture is a large bird found in Central and South America. The vulture lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina.
The King Vulture is one of the world’s largest scavengers and has a powerful, hooked beak that is excellently adapted for tearing open tough carcasses. They can often access meals that other vultures cannot, and smaller birds usually give way when they arrive to feed.
These birds nest on the ground, and females lay a single egg—which both parents incubate. Both parents may also care for infants, bringing back dinner in their stomachs and regurgitating it for their young to enjoy.
King vultures are found from Mexico south to Argentina. Some suggest that the bird’s name stems from an old Mayan legend in which this vulture was a “king” or “lord” that carried messages between humans and the Gods.