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Cape vulture

Gyps coprotheres


The cape vulture, or cape griffon, is a large bird having a wingspan up to 8.5 feet. This bird is a dark brown with a light underside, and part of its wings may appear almost white at a distance. This bird is also known as Kolbe's vulture.


The cape vulture inhabits South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and parts of northern Namibia.


This specimen was seen after just entering Rhino & Lion Park outside Johannesburg, and the guide mistakenly noted this as a tawny eagle, that which I first posted as its ID. My thanks to Malcolm Wilton-Jones, a Project Noah Ranger, for correctly identifying this specimen.

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This is not an Eagle, it is a Vulture. I will need to check all the possible species there before saying which one.

Rustic 41
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Rustic 41

Rustenburg Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Lat: -25.57, Long: 27.46

Spotted on May 27, 2011
Submitted on Feb 14, 2014

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