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Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) 

Keywords: Stock Photo Picture Africa African Safari African Wildlife Animals Bird Watching Birds Birdwatching Dark Continent EAC East Africa East African Community Eastern Africa Endless Plain Fauna Lappet-faced Vulture Nature Nubian Vulture Outdoors Safari Serengeti National Park Style Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania Tanzanian Safari Torgos tracheliotus United Republic of Tanzania Vertical Wildlife

Caption:

Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus)

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Africa African Safari African Wildlife Animals Bird Watching Birds Birdwatching Dark Continent EAC East Africa East African Community Eastern Africa Endless Plain Fauna Lappet-faced Vulture Nature Nubian Vulture Outdoors Safari Serengeti National Park Style Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania Tanzanian Safari Torgos tracheliotus United Republic of Tanzania Vertical Wildlife Images Pictures Pics Photographs Fotos Stock Photos
Notes:
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) is a mostly African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Torgos. Like many vultures, it has a bald head. The pink (sometimes reddish) coloration is a distinctive feature. The head is bald because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean. Lappet-faced Vultures, perhaps more than any other vulture, will on occasion attack young and weak living animals and raid the nests of other birds. Locally, Lesser Flamingoes, among others, have been reported to be culled by Lappet-faces in this way. They are the most powerful and aggressive of the African vultures and other vultures usually cede a carcass to the Lappet-faced Vulture. This is often beneficial to the less powerful vultures because the Lappet-face can tear through the tough hides and muscles of large mammals that the others cannot penetrate, although hyaenas are even more efficient in this regard.
City/Location:
Serengeti National Park
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Subregion:
N/A
Country:
Tanzania
Camera:
Aperture:
8.0
Shutter Speed:
1/640s
ISO Setting:
500
Focal Length:
560.0mm
Image ID:
Tanzania_3661-Lappet-faced_Vulture
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