I am an adult White-headed Vulture

White-headed Vulture Colouring In Picture
White-headed Vulture Colouring In Picture

My scientific name is Trigonoceps occipitalis

What I look like
I am a medium-sized scavenger. As an adult I have a bright orange-red bill, pale blue cere, pale pink face and throat, and yellow eyes. I have a white crest. The featherless areas on my head are pale grey. My feet are bright pink. I have dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers. The feathers on my lower parts and legs are white.

Where I live
I build a stick nest in tall trees, and like to roost in tall trees near water. I lay one or two eggs that hatch after 56 days. I am found in open savanna and wooded country in thirty-seven African countries including, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

What I eat
I lead a double life as both a scavenger and a predator. Sometimes I kill prey including small to medium-sized mammals, and locusts and other swarming insects. I also find and eat dead animals which I set out to find early in the morning.

Fun Fact
I am a generally solitary vulture that sometimes feeds on flamingo eggs.

My Conservation Status
As I am believed to be rarer than previously thought, and my conservation status was recently changed from Least Concern to Vulnerable. I face conservation concerns including decreasing populations of medium-sized mammals, habitat loss, indirect poisoning, human disturbance, and direct persecution. I also am killed for traditional medicine in South Africa.


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