the vulture king


My boy’s ‘feather profile’.

As you can see, he really gives his tail torments ;) He broke so much of his first rectrices, I’m just good at fixing feathers and glued them after he molted them. Also look how they’re got much thicker, despite getting darker. Currently he’s entering in third generation - yet blacker and longer tail, much more shine. I hope he won’t damage them so much so I could update!


10 Amazing Species for Vulture Awareness Day

Egyptian Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

Bearded Vulture - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

California Condor - IUCN Status - Critically Endangered

Hooded Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

King Vulture - IUCN Status -Least Concern

Lappet Faced Vulture - IUCN Status - Vulnerable

Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

White Headed Vulture - IUCN Status - Vulnerable

Andean Condor - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

Cinereous Vulture - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

bonus African Crowned Crane

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

King Vulture

Greater and Lesser Yellow Headed Vultures

California Condor

Andean Condor

Old World Vultures:

Griffon Vulture

White Rumped Vulture

Rüppell’s vulture

Indian Vulture

Slender Billed Vulture

Himalayan Vulture

Cape Vulture

Lammergeier/Bearded Vulture

Palm Nut Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

Cinereous Vulture

Hooded Vulture

Lappet Faced Vulture

Red Headed Vulture

White Headed Vulture


The king vulture was extremely prominent in Mayan mythology, lending its name and glyph to the 13th day of the month (Cozcacuauhtli, or vulture in Nahui).  The messenger between humans and the gods was said to be a deity in the form of a winged man with the head of a king vulture, which many have suggested is why the king vulture is called “king”.  It was also believed that the vulture’s blood and feathers were cures for many diseases.