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White-Backed Vulture

CONSERVATION STATUS : CRITICALLY ENDANGERED
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Falconiformes
Genus & Species: Gyps africanus   
Family: Accipitridae

Status:

Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Found from Senegal, Gambia and Mali in the west, throughout the Sahel region to Ethiopia and Somalia in the east; throughout East Africa from Ethiopia south to Mozambique; and in parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Angola.

Habitat:

Open wooded savannah, particularly areas with Acacia. White-backed vultures are usually found in areas with game animals and livestock. They can be found at elevations up to 10,000 feet. Tall trees are required for nesting.

Activity:

Diurnal. 

Diet:

White-backed vultures are scavengers that feed on the soft muscle, organ tissue, and bone fragments of large animal carcasses.