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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Aegypius
Genus species:Aegypius occipitalis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:81 cm
Identification:The crown, crop patch, belly, undertail coverts, and inner secondaries of the white-headed vulture are black and white. It has a red bill with a dark tip, naked skin on its head, and a lilac neck.
Habitat:Savannas
Diet:Carnivore: carrion, small antelope and birds
Reproduction:White-headed vultures nest singly in trees. Only one egg is produced per breeding pair.
While vultures are usually found alone or in pairs, they will assemble at carcasses.
Behavior:The white-headed vulture is silent except for a hissing squeal at carrion.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the only vulture species that has been known to kill its own prey.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:raptor
White-headed vulture
hawk-like bird
Aegypius
Accipitridae
Old-world vultures
Vultures
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals