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Birds

Birds

Palm-nut vulture


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Gypohierax angolensis
PROFILE:

Vultures serve as nature’s clean-up crew, ridding the environment of potentially toxic carrion (or dead animals). They are underappreciated but so vital to our environment! Palm-nut vultures are a little different from other vultures in that their diet also includes fruit from oil palms, raffia palms and wild dates. They are characterized by their all-white plumage and the red patches around their eyes.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird
NATIVE TO:
Coastal areas of Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Omnivorous
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Unknown in the wild, 25-30 years in human care
SOCIAL STATUS:
Gregarious, roosting in small groups in trees, but forages singly
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