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Painted vulture

Artist's rendition of the Painted Vulture

The painted vulture (Sarcoramphus sacra or Sarcoramphus papa sacra) is a now-extinct hypothetical species that once inhabited Florida, disappearing in the 1930s.

In the 1770s, William Bertram traveled to Florida and recorded observations of various organisms, including a bird he referred to as the "painted vulture," identified as Sarcoramphus sacra or Sarcoramphus papa sacra. Bertram described it as resembling a typical king vulture but with a white tail instead of a differently colored one. He claimed the bird was relatively common, even mentioning capturing one. However, no other naturalists have reported sightings or documented this species since then. Around 60 years later, doubts were raised about the accuracy of Bertram's account, with John Cassin noting it as a significant issue in North American ornithology.

King vulture

A typical King Vulture

In 1734, Eleazar Albin painted a bird resembling Bertram's description, sometimes referred to as a painted vulture rather than a king vulture.

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