King Vultures are distinguished by their colourful head and neck, together with a strong, hooked beak. They are one of the largest new world vultures, and closely related to condors. They have a thick, strong beak which is well adapted for tearing, and long, thick talons for holding the meat. They have keen eyesight and sense of smell that they use to find their food.
Habitat degradation and destruction are threats to this magnificent vulture.