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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by mattib » Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:46 pm

Hi barcud, what is this strange fella

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Barcud » Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi again Mattib,

Not a clear pic, but with the pale back I would guess that it's a White-backed Vulture. Are there any other pics of this one?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by mattib » Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:08 pm

Sorry barcud this was the only pic that he wanted to take :cry: but is he big enough to be a white-backed vulture. :huh:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Barcud » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:39 pm

Hi Mattib,

I think it's big enough for one of the Vultures. I've seen Hooded Vulture with white backs like this one as well, but the pic is too dark to be certain of which one it is. The flight feathers and legs dangling down are also good pointers to it being one of the two I've mentioned.

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Unread post by mattib » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:42 pm

Thanks barcud, so this was quite a great sighting after all.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by ossendryver » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:11 pm

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Is this a white-backed vulture or a cape vulture?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:01 pm

General appearance is that of a white-backed vulture.

See this discussion about making an ID of white-backed vs Cape vultures. Give particular credence to the post by TG... he is an absolute birding boffin :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:03 pm

I would say that is a White-backed Vulture.
Cape Vultures are much more heavily built and have pale eyes.

but I see the expert has given his advice already! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by ossendryver » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:10 pm

Thanks.
I think I'll then go for White-backed Vulture as well.

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Did You Know? :hmz:
The weight of a White-backed Vulture is between 4.2 kg and 7.2 kg.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Did You Know? :hmz:
The wingspan of a White-backed Vulture is between 1.96 to 2.25 m.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Did You Know? :hmz:
The height of a White-backed Vulture is between 78 to 98 cm.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Did You Know? :hmz:
It breeds in trees on the savannah and lays one egg.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:31 pm

Great images :clap: :clap: and love the info!!!

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