King Vulture in Tambor Bay!
Today an adult King Vulture was spotted soaring over of Panorama Ridge in Tambor Bay! This is my first sighting of this large and beautiful species that has become increasingly rare in many parts of Cost Rica due to habitat loss and poaching. It was sighted while one of our multiday birding tour groups was visiting the Panorama Ridge Birding Retreat. This area is excellent at producing rare and hard to find species due to the pristine nature of the surrounding forest. It is also a great place to spot soaring raptors like zone-tailed and short-tailed hawks and the beautiful white-hawk.
The king vulture is a scavenger and it gets its name from its habit of displacing smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King Vultures were popular figures in the Mayan culture as well as in local folklore and medicine.
Many thanks to Hank Scarth, guest on our multiday birding tour that got the photo!