African White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

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.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:african white-backed vulture, bird, kenya, vulture, white-backed vulture, wildlife

African White-backed Vultures ~ Mating

African White-backed Vultures mating on the branch of a tree.

African White-backed Vultures ~ Perched Pair

African White-backed Vultures ~ Perched Pair

African White-backed Vulture ~ Flying, Wings Outstretched

African White-backed Vulture, Flying, Wings Outstretched

African White-backed Vultures ~ Pair, Looking at each other

African White-backed Vultures ~ Pair, Looking at each other

African White-backed Vultures ~ Pair on Nest

African White-backed Vultures ~ Pair on Nest

African White-backed Vulture ~ On Nest, With Chick

African White-backed Vulture ~ On Nest, With Chick

African White-backed Vulture ~ Juvenile

A juvenile African White-backed Vulture, on its nest, on top of an Acacia tree.

African White-backed Vulture ~ Eating Scraps

African White-backed Vulture eating scraps left by Hyena.

African White-backed Vulture & Hooded Vulture

African White-backed Vulture & Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture ~ Eating Antelope Skin

White-backed Vulture ~ Eating Antelope Skin

African White-backed Vulture ~ Portrait

African White-backed Vulture ~ Portrait

African White-backed Vultures ~ Profile

African White-backed Vultures ~ Profile

African White-backed Vulture ~ Flying

An African White-backed Vulture powers downwards with its wings, gaining height.

African White-backed Vulture ~ Flying, Wings Beating

African White-backed Vulture Flying, Wings Beating

African White-backed Vulture ~ Gliding

An African White-backed Vulture, gliding effortlessly in the skies.

African White-backed Vulture ~ Using Thermals

African White-backed Vulture is using hot air thermals to increase its height in the sky.

African White-backed Vultures ~ Fighting

African White-backed Vultures ~ Fighting

African White-backed Vultures ~ and Hyena

African White-backed Vultures ~ and Hyena

African White-backed Vulture ~ Pair

A pair of African White-backed Vultures, atop an acacia tree, waiting for the morning sun to warm the air and create thermals.

African White-backed Vulture ~ Full-size Portrait

A full-size photograph of an African White-backed Vulture, standing on a large stone in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.