Wild Birds

White-headed Vultures

White-headed Vultures

The White-headed Vultures (Trigonoceps occipitalis) is an Old World vulture endemic to Africa. It roosts in tall trees near to water at night.

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


It has a pink beak, and a white crest on its head, and the featherless areas on its head are pale. It has dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers.

Feathers on its lower parts and legs are white.

It has a wing span of 2 m and spends a lot of time soaring looking for food.

This is a medium-sized vulture, 72–85 cm (28–34 in) in length and 207–230 cm (82–91 in) in wingspan. Females weigh more than males; they usually weigh around 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs), while males weigh 4 kg (8.8 lbs) or less.

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