New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus) - HBW 2, p. 39

French: Grand Urubu German: Großer Gelbkopfgeier Spanish: Aura Selvática

Taxonomy: Cathartes melambrotus Wetmore, 1964, Kartabo, Guyana.
Taxonomic status of all three Cathartes species rather uncertain. Present species very similar in appearance, ecology and behaviour to C. aura and C. burrovianus. Has been regarded as an allospecies of C. burrovianus, but the two have widely sympatric ranges. Monotypic.

Distribution: Poorly known. Amazonia, including S Venezuela and the Guianas. Knowledge of distribution is likely to be conservative.