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About the Lappet-faced Vulture

Also known as: Nubian Vulture, African Black Vulture, King Vulture, Abyssinian Vulture, Southern Lappet-faced Vulture

The Lappet-faced Vulture is a large species of vulture found in parts of sub-Saharan African and the Arabian Peninsula.

Lappet-faced Vultures are scavengers that live in an arid environment. They feed on animal carcasses, sometimes bullying other vultures away from a feeding site. Lappet-faceds are large and powerful, able to tear apart tough muscles and hides better than many other scavengers.

Like many other vulture species, the Lappet-faced Vulture faces threats in the wild and has a conservation status of Vulnerable, which means it is vulnerable to extinction. Secondary poisoning and persecution by humans are two of the obstacles the species faces.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 August 2012
Scientific Name Torgos tracheliotus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Torgos
  • T. tracheliotus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
37 to 45 inches
96 to 120 inches
155 to 490 ounces
Range West Asia West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa


From IUCN Red List:
The Lappet-faced Vulture is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Endangered. Only a small, very rapidly declining population remains, owing primarily to poisoning and persecution, as well as ecosystem alterations. Recently published data suggests that the population in Africa is declining extremely rapidly.

International Names

  • sup královsky (Czech)
  • Øregrib (Danish)
  • Oorgier (Dutch)
  • korvakorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour oricou (French)
  • Ohrengeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio orecchiuto (Italian)
  • ミミヒダハゲワシ [mimihidahagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Øregribb (Norwegian)
  • sep uszaty (Polish)
  • Африканский ушастый гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Orejudo (Spanish)
  • Örongam (Swedish)

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