Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus) was the star of the birdwatching tour this afternoon. It was a while that we couldn’t see.
Today, the afternoon birding and wildlife tour in the Refuge of Caño Negro was really nice.
In flight is very similar to the Turkey Vulture, unless the orange-yellow head color in the head.
The Lesser is fairly common in the National Refuge of Caño Negro, but is rare to casual in Pacific lowlands.
Even so, the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture doesn’t remain in the same place, so is not always possible to spot.
According to eBirds, is slightly smaller than the Turkey Vulture. The head is more colorful, with a yellow face and pale blue crown. When you spot at a distance, the head appears paler than dark red head of Turkey Vulture. The upperwings show stronger whitish patches on the tips, rather than the pale brownish patches of Turkey Vulture.
An interesting fact
According to oiseaux-birds, is that “…The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture’s head colors change according to its mood. Colors become more intense to indicate the dominance, and particularly when they gather at carcasses. These changes probably play also a role during all the displays, either in courtship or in defence behaviour …“
During this birdwatching and wildlife tour with a nice family from holland, we also had the chance to spot a gorgeous Snail kite very close to the nest. Actually, in a very short range we spot at least other two couples of Snail Kite, and one of them with a juvenile.
About the wildlife, howler monkeys with babies, an hanging slot, and few caimans where around.
For a short afternoon 2 hours tour, it was really a great tour.