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White-backed Vulture

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  • Motacilla alba
  • Wagtails & Pipits

About the White-backed Vulture

Also known as: African White-backed Vulture, White-backed Griffon

The White-backed Vulture is an Old World species that lives in parts of Africa. It is sometimes known as the African White-backed Vulture.

White-backed Vultures have an overall dark body plumage, with contrasting white back feathers. They also have a white neck ruff and streaky breasts.

The conservation status of the White-backed Vulture is Endangered. The population faces a variety of threats, including (secondary) poisoning, persecution, hunting, and loss of habitat.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 August 2012
Scientific Name Gyps africanus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. africanus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Critically 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 16 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 39 inches
72 to 84 inches
149 to 256 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The White-backed Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has declined severely in parts of its range and overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collisions and poisoning. These declines are likely to continue into the future. Recently published data suggests these declines are even more serious than previously thought. For this reason it has been uplisted to Critically Endangered.

International Names

  • 非洲白背兀鹜 (Chinese)
  • sup africký (Czech)
  • Hvidrygget Grib (Danish)
  • Witruggier (Dutch)
  • savannikorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour africain (French)
  • Weißrückengeier (German)
  • Grifone dorsobianco africano (Italian)
  • コシジロハゲワシ [koshijirohagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Hvitryggribb (Norwegian)
  • sep afrykanski (Polish)
  • Африканский гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Dorsiblanco Africano (Spanish)
  • Afrikansk vitryggad gam (Swedish)

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