White Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Large size, heavy, hooked bills, necks wholly or particularly devoid of feathers; the white lower back contrasts with the darker wings
||4.2 - 7.2 kg
||78 - 98 cm
||max. 20 years
Social; Gregarious feeding habits; very good eyesight to find fresh kills, once found it wheels in the sky to signal to other vultures; Carrier of Anthrax disease, but not effected by it.
It often moves in flocks
||breed once a year during the dry season.
||56 - 58 days
|Number of offspring
||Laying one egg, occasionally two
Open savanna; dry woodland and bushveld
Rarely attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick; obligate scavenger; feeding mostly from carcasses of animals
May fall pray to eagles; nestlings may be preyed by larger snakes/reptiles
White Backed Vulture at Naankuse sites