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The role of greater yellow-headed vultures Cathartes melambrotus as scavengers in neotropical forest
Gomez, LG | Houston, DC | Cotton, P | Tye, A
Ibis. Vol. 136, no. 2, pp. 193-196. 1994.

The scavenging activities of Greater Yellow-headed Vultures Cathartes melambrotus were studied in the Amacayacu National Park, Colombia. This species is the most abundant vulture in the area and is usually the first species to locate a carcass, both in open clearings and inside the forest. The birds use olfaction to locate food. Vultures located 63% of provided carcasses, while mammalian scavengers found only 5%. Greater Yellow-headed Vultures were displaced when feeding by both Turkey Vultures Cathartes aura and King Vultures Sarcorhamphus papa.

Descriptors: Article Subject Terms foraging behavior | interspecific relationships | location | olfaction | Article Taxonomic Terms Cathartes melambrotus | Article Geographic Terms Colombia