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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White-headed Vulture

Afrikaans name: Witkopaasvoël

White-headed Vulture

White-headed Vulture

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Trigonoceps occipitalis

Although the White-headed Vulture is not the biggest of vultures it can still have a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres.

Females are larger than males and can weigh over 4 kg.

The White-headed Vulture can be found from South Africa to Somalia. It is found in savanna and woodland.

This vulture not only scavenges for food it also does some hunting. It hunts for small birds and mammals as well as termites.

The White-headed Vulture makes its nest in a tall tree. Only one egg is laid.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 138

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 38

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: 338

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: 111

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 107

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 88

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 21

The Vultures of Africa - Author: Mundy, Butchart, Ledger and Piper - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 170

List of South African Birds

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