Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

Red‑headed Vulture Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Sarcogyps calvus
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : King Vulture, Black Vulture
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Red-headed Vulture is black with yellowish-red bare skin on the head (adult bird length approximately 84 cm, wing 60 cm, bill 7.5 cm, tarsus 11 cm, tail 23 cm). The male and the female look alike. More often it feeds alone quietly on smaller carcass. It is typically found in open country, cultivated areas, and semi-desert regions. It can also be seen in deciduous forests, foothills, and river valleys. Its habitat range extends up to an altitude of 3000m above sea level.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.