OK, these aren't pretty birds but they are fascinating and impressive to watch!
The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is one of the last places in the World where large numbers of vultures of various species can still be seen.
Lappet-faced Vultures are much less sociable than the Gyps vultures which they dominate at the carcase. These huge birds have powerful meat-cleaver bills with which they can open up a carcase which allows the other vultures access.
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English Lappet-faced Vulture
Scientific ( Torgos tracheliotos)
Family (Latin) Accipitridae
Family (English) Kites, Hawks, Eagles
Other name(s) tracheliotos
Breeding Regions AF
Breeding Range Subregions widespread, also Arabian Pen.
Nonbreeding Range Subregions
Countries (BETA) map Algeria,Angola,Benin,Botswana,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Cameroon,Central African Republic,Chad,Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti,Egypt,Equatorial Guinea,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Gambia,Guinea,Israel,Ivory Coast,Jordan, Kenya,Libya,Malawi,Mali,Mauritania,Mozambique,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Oman, Palestine,Rwanda,Saudi Arabia,Senegal,Somalia,South Africa,South Sudan,Sudan,Swaziland,Tanzania, Tunisia,Uganda,United Arab Emirates,Western Sahara,Yemen,Zambia,Zimbabwe,
IOC 9.1 Subspecies
Group Subspecies Breeding Range
negevensis s Israel and Arabian Pen.
tracheliotos nw Africa, Africa s of the Sahara
IUCN Status Code EN ( Birdlife factsheet)
Described by (Forster, JR, 1796)
French Vautour oricou
Russian Африканский ушастый гриф
Spanish Buitre orejudo
Bird Data App text The largest African vulture with a beak for breaking open carcasses.
Show Breeding Range Codes and IUCN Status Codes
Breeding Range Codes
AF Africa (entire continent rather than south of Sahara)
AO Atlantic Ocean
AU Australasia (Wallacea (Indonesian islands east of Wallace's line), New Guinea and its islands, Australia, New Zealand and its subantarctic islands, the Solomons, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu)
EU Eurasia (Europe, Asia from the Middle East through central Asia north of the Himalayas, Siberia and northern China to Japan)
IO Indian Ocean
LA Latin America (Middle and South America)
MA Middle America (Mexico through Panama)
NA North America (includes the Caribbean)
NO Northern oceans
OR Oriental Region (South Asia from Pakistan to Taiwan, plus Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and Greater Sundas)
PO Pacific Ocean
SA South America
SO Southern oceans
TO Temperate oceans
TrO Tropical oceans
IUCN Status Codes
EW Extinct in the wild
CR Critically Endangered
NT Near Threatened
LC Least Concern
DD Data deficient
NE Not evaluated
PE Probably extinct (informal)
PEW Probably extinct in the wild (informal)