Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Palm-nut Vulture

Meet the Palm-nut Vulture, an interesting creature that is both like its Vulture relatives, and quite different at the same time!

There aren't many Birds-of-Prey that consume vegetation on a regular basis, but the Palm-nut Vulture does! More than half of their adult diet consists of palm leaves and fruits, and as juveniles it is almost the entire thing! The remain adult diet is make up of fish and invertebrates, though they are also rarely found at the large animal carcasses that other Vultures are known to scavenge at.

Palm-nut Vultures can be found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and are identified by their white feathered heads and shoulders, black wings, and red skin patches around the eyes and beak.

As with many Birds-of-Prey, the Palm-nut Vultures are monogamous, and each breeding pair will raise a single chick together during the breeding season.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Sub-Saharan Africa
Size : Length up to 2ft (60cm), Wingspan up to 60in (1.5m)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae -- Genus : Gypohierax -- Species : G. angolensis
Image : DickDaniels

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