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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White-backed Vulture

Afrikaans name: Witrugaasvoël

White-backed Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Photo © Steven Herbert

Gyps africanus

The White-backed Vulture is found over large parts of Africa. It occurs from northern South Africa to Ethiopia and across to West Africa.

They are found in savanna areas and occasionally even in deserts.

The White-backed Vulture has a wingspan of over 2 metres and can weigh up to 7 kilograms.

As a typical vulture it feeds on carcasses and doesn't catch its own food.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 137

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 62

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 27

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 20

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 317

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 48

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 109

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 105

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 86

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 17

The Vultures of Africa - Author: Mundy, Butchart, Ledger and Piper - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 122

List of South African Birds

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