Appearance A very large bird, 39" (98cm). It is a brown bird, that becomes more white with age. Its white back is more conspicuous when its wings are spread. When flying, its black flight feathers and tail are seen. Eyes are dark brown and the bill is black.
Habits Seen in the company of other vultures, when feeding. A resident of open woodland and nests on tree tops, protecting smaller birds, roosting or nesting in the same tree.
Diet Carrion. When there are numbers of White-backed Vultures, they intimidate other species, even larger birds, pushing them away.
Resident No longer as common as it once was, due to poisoning, but still the most common vulture. Mostly a Masai Mara resident, but also seen in other pockets of Kenya.
Extra Facts Its white rump can only be seen from above, when in flight.
Photographs Photographed in Olare Orok Conservancy & Masai Mara.