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Lappet-faced Vulture

The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) is an African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes. It is the only member of the genus Torgos. A distinct subspecies, T. t. negevensis, occurs in the Sinia, the Negev desert and possibly in north-west Saudi Arabia.

It is about 1.15 meters long, with a wingspan of 3 meters. The average weight is 14 kilograms.

This expert scavenger feeds mainly from the carcasses of dead animals which it finds by sight.

Like many vultures, it has a bald head. This is because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean.

Lappet-faced Vulture


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