Also known as the Vulturine Fish Eagle, there is some debate as to its relationship with other birds of prey. It is probaly closest to the Fish Eagles but also shares some vulturine features.
The diet consists of carrion -mainly small animals and dead fish but I have also seen one snatch a Grey Mullet from a mangrove creek in The Gambia. The greatest part of its diet however is the oily flesh of Raphia and Elaeis palm fruits and its distribution is strongly tied to the presence of these plants (The World's only vegetarian vulture?).
Image taken from a boat on the River Gambia near the Kai-Hai Islands, Central Division, The Gambia.
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