African White-Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
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‘Fester & Lurch’
Size: Length 94cm (37ins)
Wingspan 218cm (86ins)
Status: Common. 100,000 breeding pairs.
Habitat: African savannah and open grassy plains
Reproduction: 1 egg. October-January.
56 day incubation.
Diet: Any carrion/dead meat

Raptor Facts

Most birds of prey have 12 tail feathers. However, many White-Backs have been found with 10, 11, 13 and even 14 feathers. Up to 2,000 have been seen around the carcase of an Elephant. They have extremely acidic stomachs with a PH of 1-1.5. They can easily cope with eating maggots that are in the flesh they are feeding on! YUK!

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