Birds

Birds

African white-backed vulture


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Gyps africanus
PROFILE:

In the wild, hundreds of white-backed vultures can be found gathering to feed on large animal carcasses. These birds will gorge themselves until they are unable to fly. They may be found resting with their backs to the sun and with wings spread.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey, primarily feeds on carrion)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Carnivore (primarily a scavenger of carrion)
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
zoos - up to 19 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Small groups; colonial when nesting and raising offspring
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