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Greater yellow-headed vulture (Cathartes melambrotus) latin dict size=19   common dict size=512
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Greater yellow-headed vulture (Cathartes melambrotus)

Due to confusion with the smaller lesser yellow-headed vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), the greater yellow-headed vulture was not described as a species until 1964; the two yellow-headed vultures differ in size, and in subtle differences in the colouration of the head and in the colour pattern on the underside of the wing. The greater yellow-headed vulture is ecologically separated from the other members of the genus, occurring exclusively over large tracts of undisturbed lowland forest in Amazonia and the Guianas. With its highly developed sense of smell, it soars over forests in search of recently deceased forest mammals such as primates, sloths and opossums. In some areas where it occurs with and competes with the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), the greater yellow-headed vulture is dominant. Perhaps due to its preference for undisturbed lowland rainforest and the general inaccessibility of this habitat, no nest site has been described for this species.

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