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White-backed Vulture Portrait

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White-backed Vulture portrait........

The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back contrasts with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark. This is a medium-sized vulture; its body mass is around 5.4 kg.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in flocks. It breeds in trees on the savannah of west and east Africa, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident.

As it is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was reassessed from Least Concern to Near Threatened in the 2007 IUCN Red List.


3/15/2010 7:19 PM Premium
Great Stuff! I look forward to seeing some more of your work.

1/21/2009 1:59 PM
Wow that is a really great shot mate :-)

12/2/2008 9:03 AM
Great shot, and the information is always welcome, thanks. Famed!

10/25/2008 9:32 AM
lol you and me both shell :) great pic



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Votes: 18
Views: 1,277
Date: 10/18/08
Photography: Nature