Eland in Mosemane Pan
Eland in Mosemane Pan
Lone Elephant
Lone Elephant
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Rock Paintings
Okavango River
Okavango River

Lappet - Faced Vulture

Lappet - Faced Vulture

Description

This is the largest and most dominant of the vultures. The main features apart from its large size and dark plumage, are the bare, reddish head with conspicuous skin folds, and enormous yellowish-horn bill with blue-grey base. It is an uncommon resident and locally nomadic, with extensive movements recorded for non-breeding birds.

Voice

It is usually silent.

Behaviour and habitat

It favours semi-arid open woodland. It feeds on carcasses, tackling skin, tendons and ligaments too tough for other vultures; it seldom takes meat. The nest consists of a large stick platform placed on the crown of an isolated flat-topped tree.