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Adult length of 100â€“130 cm (39Â¼-51Â¼ in)
The male, has a wattle on the neck and a large, dark red comb or caruncle on the crown.
Juveniles lack the distinctive white markings on neck and wings, and are instead overall grayish-brown, with blackish head and neck skin.
Populations declining over the entire range, which historically included all the countries on the west coast of the continent.
Mostly now limited to high elevations. Open grasslands, paramo regions.
 Flight Action
Soars on flat out-stretched wings; not often seen perched.
Their diet consists mostly of carrion and medium sized mammals.
There is little information available. The nest in shallow cliff caves.
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