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New World vulture

New World vultures
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Accipitriformes
Family:Cathartidae
Genera
Cathartes
Coragyps
Gymnogyps
Sarcorhamphus
The New World vulture family Cathartidae contains seven species found in North and South America. It includes five vultures and two condors.

New World vultures are not closely related to Old World vultures or other diurnal raptors, which are in different orders. They resemble Old World vulture because of convergent evolution.

The five species of vulture are:

The Condors are

  • Californian Condor Gymnogyps californianus
  • Andean Condor Sarcorhamphus gryphus

There is some debate over the scientific names of the Condors.



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