Our World of Wings exhibit houses our Andean condor, great grey owl and King vulture species.
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
Distribution: Central America, south as far as southern Brazil.
Status: Least concern and listed on Appendix III of CITES.
Like most vultures, king vultures have a bald head to stop any feathers getting dirty whilst they are eating which also prevents a build up of bacteria.
King vultures are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List, with main threats from habitat loss and poisoning through predating on animals that have died from ingesting pesticides.
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
Distribution: Alaska, Canada, North America, North Europe and Asia.
Status: Least concern and listed on Appendix II of CITES.
The great grey owl is one of the world's most instantly recognizable birds of prey. The great grey owl is almost all feathers for insulation, underneath its body is no bigger than a tawny owl.
The great grey owl, like so many of the other large owls, has a booming voice which carries over large distances. Its alarm call consists of a single loud hoot, followed by several softer notes.
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
Distribution: The high Andes and the shores of the Peruvian coast.
Status: Near threatened, listed on Appendix I of CITES and listed on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).
The Andean Condors are large, New World vultures who are closely related to the Turkey Vulture and the King Vulture. Like all raptors they have superb eyesight enabling them to spot carcasses from many miles away.
Like many birds of prey they spend a lot of time soaring around searching for food. If one condor drops to the ground after spotting a carcass others will follow to investigate, leading to old beliefs that the birds were telepathic.