Palm-nut Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 July 2012
Scientific Name
Gypohierax angolensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gypohierax
  • G. angolensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
24 inches
59 inches
39 to 53 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 棕榈鹫
Czech (Cesky) orlosup palmový
Danish (Dansk) Palmegrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Palmgier
Finnish (Suomi) palmukorppikotka
French (Français) Palmiste africain
German (Deutsch) Palmgeier
Italian (Italiano) Avvoltoio delle palme
Japanese (日本語) ヤシハゲワシ [yashihagewashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Palmegribb
Polish (Polski) palmojad
Russian (русский язык) Пальмовый гриф
Spanish (Español) Buitre Palmero
Swedish (Svenska) Palmgam
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