Lappet-faced Vulture

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Lappet-faced Vulture
Conservation status: Vulnerable

Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Accipitriformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Torgos
Species:T. tracheliotus
Binomial name
Torgos tracheliotus
(Forster, 1791)

The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus is an African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Torgos (Kaup, 1828).

It is not closely related to the superficially similar New World vultures, and does not share that group's good sense of smell.

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

It is a scavenging bird, feeding mostly from 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.fr:Vautour oricou he:עוזנית הנגב

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