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About the Palm-nut Vulture

Also known as: Vulturine Fish Eagle, Palmnut Vulture

The Palm-nut Vulture is an Old World species of Vulture. They live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Palm-nut Vultures have striking adult plumage. They are white with black patches on their wings and bare red skin around the eye. They resemble eagles, especially in flight. Indeed, an alternate name for this species is the Vulturine Fish Eagle.

Palm-nut Vultures feed primarily on oil-palm tree fruit - which is unusual for any bird of prey. They also may feed on fish and other fruits of the sea.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 17 July 2012
Scientific Name Gypohierax angolensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gypohierax
  • G. angolensis
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • 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 20 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
24 inches
59 inches
39 to 53 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 棕榈鹫 (Chinese)
  • orlosup palmový (Czech)
  • Palmegrib (Danish)
  • Palmgier (Dutch)
  • palmukorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Palmiste africain (French)
  • Palmgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio delle palme (Italian)
  • ヤシハゲワシ [yashihagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Palmegribb (Norwegian)
  • palmojad (Polish)
  • Пальмовый гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Palmero (Spanish)
  • Palmgam (Swedish)

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