King-vulture meaning

A large vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) of Central and South America, having a white body with black wing and tail feathers, a bald head, and a prominent fleshy appendage on the beak.
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Origin of king-vulture

  • So called because it drives other vulture species away from carrion when feeding and is often the first to make a cut into a fresh carcass

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition