The Cathartidae family includes seven kinds of vultures. These vultures are called “New World Vultures” because they live in North and South America. Some New World Vultures are:
If you compare New World vultures with Old World vultures, you will see that they are alike in some ways. New and Old World vultures:
Even though they are the same in those ways, they have characteristics that are different. New World Vultures:
Right now, New World vultures are in the Cathartidae family but scientists have been studying them to see if they really belong there. They think that they are part of the stork and heron family and belong with those birds because they are like them in some ways. Check out our scientific classification page to see how a bird’s family is decided.
“New World Vulture.” 18 Oct. 2007. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathartidae>.
“New World Vultures Cathartidae.” 18 Oct. 2007. <http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Cathartidae>.