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 Post subject: Vulture, Lappet-faced
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:53 pm 
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Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus)

Other names:
Afrikaans: Swartaasvoël
French: Vautour oricou
German: Ohrengeier
Dutch: Oorgier


Lappet-faced vultures are found throughout Africa. These vultures are among the most solitary and shy of vultures and are therefore usually seen individually or live in pairs although they may gather in larger numbers around a big kill or at water holes. Unlike a number of other African species it doesn't take human refuse and so isn't to be found around human habitation.

This is a large vulture and is about 1.15 meters tall, with a wingspan of 3 meters. The average weight is 14 kilograms.

These large, broad winged vultures are equipped with very large and powerful beaks. Other vultures often rely on Lappet-faced Vultures to open a carcass, they are also able to utilise parts of the body (skin, ligaments and bones) which other raptors can't eat.

In winter both sexes build a large nest of sticks in the top of a thorny tree, open to the sun, away from other species. The nest is lined with grass and fur from carcasses. The birds roost nearby as laying day approaches when one egg is laid. The egg is broad oval, dull white with brown spots and blotches and takes around 53 days to hatch. Both sexes incubate the egg and the first flight of the chick is at 185 days. Life span of these birds can be up to 40 years.


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This is the face of the bird we're talking about.
Strange looking but in its own way attractive.

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February

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Mid-day. One other in vicinity.

Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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Hi there

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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Astazou wrote:
Please may I ask for help identifying the following birds?
And, if possible, male or female?

All pictures: Kgalagadi, February


Thanks in advance. As must be obvious, I know very little about birds. :doh:




Hi Astazou ,

I'm positive "Rusty Justy" has identified your birds spot on.
Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Help indentifying birds please
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Thanks for all the help. :thumbs_up:
The very long grass in Feb made big cat viewing more limited but the plus side was that it led to taking more interest in birds than I might otherwise have done.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Please can one of you please confirm if this is a lappet faced vulture? The white bar from upper body to wrist joint plus whitish underparts. (If the pic was great then it would be easier - I know :redface: I know :redface: )
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Oh seen in Southern Kruger last week.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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No need for a better pic, that's a classic Lappet-faced Vulture. The white strips on the underwings combined with the white thighs are give-aways.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Thank you Deefstes! The confirmation just helps with my confidence. :wink:

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 Post subject: Identification Help - Raptors
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how many different vulture species do you experts see on this picture? personally I think I recognize three:

hooded, white-faced and lappet-faced

correct?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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White-faced? or did you mean White-Backed. Agree! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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yeah, white-backed, my mistake, the ones on top, right? or are they griffons? and what are the ones to the left of the lappet-faced (on the last photo), with the rather greyish neck?

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