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Vulture, Lappet-faced

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:53 pm

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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Unread postby jaapvandijk » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:22 pm

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

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Watching the slow flow of the river. A continues movement of water down towards the ocean. Like blood flowing through a vein, keeping the body alive.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:28 pm

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Astazou » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:20 pm

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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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:47 am

Hi there

Lappet Faced vulture

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:09 pm

Lappet Faced Vulture
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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:12 pm

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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby JOL » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:37 am

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.
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Re: Help indentifying birds please

Unread postby Astazou » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:06 am

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Cherries » Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:13 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby deefstes » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:23 pm

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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Unread postby Cherries » Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:24 pm

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

Unread postby ice » Wed May 27, 2009 9:06 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed May 27, 2009 9:19 pm

White-faced? or did you mean White-Backed. Agree! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby ice » Wed May 27, 2009 9:21 pm

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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