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Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

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Large black bird with featherless red head and neck, whitish bill, and yellowish, flesh, or light red legs; resident birds (non-migratory) with white band on back of neck; underside of wing in flight is black in front, grayish behind; wings held in shallow V during soaring flight; to 80cm (32in); wingspan to 1.7m (5.8ft). (Zopilote Cabecirojo, Zopilote)


Found countrywide, usually below 2100m (7000ft); usually seen in the air, circling above open areas and many other kinds of habitats.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Poás Volcano National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), Costa Rica