Lappet-faced Vulture

Torgos tracheliotos

With a wingspan up to nine feet wide, the lappet-faced vulture is the largest vulture in Africa. Its name comes from the folds of skin on either side of its neck called lappets. These powerful birds are able to scare most other birds and even some mammals away when protecting a carcass on which it is feeding.

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
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 50 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah, semi-desert and desert
dietDiet: Carrion, small mammals and birds
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)