I am an adult Palm-Nut Vulture

Palm-Nut Vulture Colouring in Picture
Palm-Nut Vulture Colouring in Picture

My scientific name is Gypohierax angolensis

What I look like
I am said to be “unmistakable” in the field, in that as an adult I am largely white except
for black areas in my wings. I have a conspicuous red patch around my eye. In flight I am said to resemble an eagle more than a vulture.

Where I live
I breed in forests and savannahs, usually near water. I build my nest on palms, baobabs, and other tall trees. I lay one egg. I am quite approachable, and can be seen in and around human-dominated landscapes including hotel grounds and tourist areas in Gambia.

I am found in thirty-six African countries including, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. South Africa boasts the largest population of Palm-nut Vultures in the world.

What I eat
I get my name from my primary source of food, which is not meat, but the nut of the Oil Palm tree. I also feed on fishes, crabs, amphibians, small mammals, and reptiles, as well as on carrion like most vultures.

Fun Fact
I am the only bird of prey that regularly eats nuts.

My Conservation Status
I am considered to be a species of Least Concern. I am widely distributed and relatively abundant in many areas.

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VulPro Kid's Corner Word Search Game One
VulPro Kid’s Corner Word Search Game One
  1. Feather
  2. Carrion
  3. Glide
  4. Soar
  5. Leg
  6. Hatch
  7. Incubate
  8. Nesting
  9. Save
  10. Carcass
  11. Crop
  12. Mass
  13. Throat

Fill in the Blanks – All about Vultures

  1. image3 (1)Vultures sometimes feed on rotting meat called _____________.
  2. Bald spots on the chests of vultures are called _______________.
  3. Vultures have a set of long feathers called _________ feathers, and a set of short feathers called _______ feathers.
  4. Vultures urinate on their legs which is called ___________________.
  5. There are 2 types of vultures, __________world vultures and __________ world vultures.
  6. Vultures are part of the __________ family.
  7. Not all vultures have the ability to _________ (what you use your nose for).
  8. Raptors are solitary birds, vultures are often seen in groups meaning they are ________ birds.
  9. There are very few vultures left, meaning they are _______.
  10. Vultures glide on currents of warm air called __________.
Grumpy and Loon - Courtesy of Andre o Kelly
Grumpy and Loon – Courtesy of Andre o Kelly
Answers:1. Carrion, 2. Blushes 3. Primary, Secondary 4. Urohydrosis 5. Old, New 6. Cathartidae 7. Smell 8. Social 9. Endangered 10. Thermals

 

Blank Spot – Parts of the Body

 

  1. image3 (1)C_ _ p – gets full when they eat.
  2. _a_o_ – a really strong nail / claw.
  3. W_ _ _ – for flying
  4. _ _i_ – a dog can wag, vultures can balance with.
  5. _e_ _ _ e_ s – are found all over the body.
  6. B_ _ _ – not a mouth
  7. N_ _k – holds the head up
  8. S_ _ rn _m – bone in the chest
  9. St_ _ a_ _ – where food goes to be digested
  10. Au_ i_ _la_s – all the better to hear you with

 

Grumpy and Loon - Courtesy of Andre o Kelly
Grumpy and Loon – Courtesy of Andre o Kelly

 

 

Answers:1. Crop, 2. Talon, 3. Wing, 4. Tail, 5. Feathers, 6. Beak, 7. Neck, 8. Sternum, 9. Stomach, 10. Auriculars

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Grumpy and Loon - Courtesy of Andre o Kelly
Grumpy and Loon – Courtesy of Andre O’ Kelly

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