Appearance The Lappet-faced or Nubian Vulture is a very large bird, 45" (115cm) and powerfully built. The plumage is blackish-brown, with white-streaked underparts. The head and neck are bare of feathers and pink - red, when excited - and very wrinkled. Face is white or blue, with a huge ivory-black bill. Feet are a blue-grey and eyes are brown. In flight, its white 'leggings' give the Lappet-faced Vulture a white-bellied appearance. The tail is short, with an evident V shape.
Habits Mostly seen in pairs, around carcasses or roosting atop Desert Palm or Acacia trees. The powerful hooked bill can rip open carcasses.
Diet The Lappet-faced Vulture dominates all other African Vultures at carcasses, due to its size and power.
Resident Seen only in protected areas and in decline due to poisoning. Mostly seen where there are large herbivore populations, most numerously in the Mara and Serengeti regions.
Extra Facts Lappet-faced Vultures are usually silent.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy, bordering Mara GR.