White-backed Vulture… The Bush Cleaner..

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail feathers. 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 4.2 to 7.2 kilograms (9.3–16 lb.), it is 78 to 98 cm (31 to 39 in) long and has a 1.96 to 2.25 m (6 to 7 ft.) wingspan.

It is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was reassessed from Least Concern to Near Threatened in the 2007 IUCN Red List.  In 2012 it was further listed to Endangered.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring overhead. It also takes scraps from human habitations.

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