Lappet-faced Vulture

Torgos tracheliotos

One vulture on a carcass soon turns into an unruly mob of vultures, all fighting to get their share. As the largest vulture in Africa, the red-headed lappet-faced vulture dominates the chaos.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Africa
lengthLength: 2.6 to 3.8 ft
weightWeight: 9.7 to 18.7 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 50 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah, semi-desert and desert
dietDiet: Carrion, small mammals and birds
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)