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African White-backed Vulture

Gyps africanus


The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back contrasts with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark. This is a medium-sized vulture; its body mass is 4.2 to 7.2 kilograms (9.3–16 lb), it is 78 to 98 cm (31 to 39 in) long and has a 1.96 to 2.25 m (6 to 7 ft) wingspan.[2][3][4] White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus Gyps africanus Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah. It also takes scraps from human habitations. It often moves in flocks. It breeds in trees on the savannah of west and east Africa, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident. As it is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was reassessed from Least Concern to Near Threatened in the 2007 IUCN Red List.[5]


They are eating a Wildebeest!

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Arun 8 years ago

Cngrts July Llanes-Bonilla :)

July Llanes
July Llanes 8 years ago

Lisa, Thank you very much! :)

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Congratulations! Your photo was selected for use in todays' blog on Vultures!

KatCuff 9 years ago

I like how the guy in the back is unconcerned about the display of "who's stronger" is going on in front of him. Fantastic spotting!

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you all! It makes me so happy to be able to share my photos and love for nature in such a productive way. I have to admit, I am learning a lot, I always take pictures of animals/plants I like but don't really know what species they are...until now. :)

Arun 9 years ago

Nice treat ..

FoTony 9 years ago

This series is pure art!

KatCuff 9 years ago

Great info and series!

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Just uploaded the fight!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

excellent wings,

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Amazing picture!

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you so much for the nice comments! I have a series of pictures were the vultures start fighting each other, but I have been having problems uploading. Will try again tomorrow! :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Stunning capture!

glbnoah109 9 years ago

Great spot. What a wonderful creature they are. Such an important role, they play in our ecosystem. Thanks for the great write up. It is much appreciated that you took to time to describe the vulture. Education is important to their protection.

Aaron_G 9 years ago


DanielePralong 9 years ago

Wow! The wingspan is fantastic on this shot!

July Llanes
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Mara, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 16, 2008
Submitted on Jan 20, 2012

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