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Lappet-faced Vulture

(Torgos tracheliotus)
Alternate name(s): "Nubian Vulture"
Size: 95-115 cm; wing span 2.5-2.9 m
Weight: 4.4-9.4 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lappet-faced Vulture at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Race "tracheliotus"


Sex unknown

Frontal view of two Lappet-faced Vultures on an acacia; the birds will also nest on such trees (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Lateral view of a Lappet-faced Vulture sitting on an acacia (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Dorsal view of a Lappet-faced Vulture (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)


Lappet-faced Vultures are very assertive and will dominate other species of vulture. Their beaks are particularly strong, helping them to cut through the hide of a carcass. The pecking order while feeding on a carcass is well-determined: the hungriest Lappet-faced Vulture will be the most aggressive and thus will get in first (after the carnivore mammals, if any, are gone).

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Lappet-faced Vultures scavenge mostly for carcasses of mammals.

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