White-backed Vulture Portrait by jdmphotography

White-backed Vulture portrait……..

The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back contrasts with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark. This is a medium-sized vulture; its body mass is around 5.4 kg.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in flocks. It breeds in trees on the savannah of west and east Africa, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident.

As it is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was reassessed from Least Concern to Near Threatened in the 2007 IUCN Red List.


  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyover 6 years ago


  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 6 years ago

    Very interesting looking bird!

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Stunning bird and great capture :))

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Just a beautiful picture Jon, love the pose and the wonderful detail…;-)

  • cherokee29
    cherokee29over 6 years ago


  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 6 years ago

    Great Capture!

  • Blackgull
    Blackgullover 6 years ago

    Yet another classic from jdm. Well done Jon.

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago


  • kcranmer
    kcranmerover 6 years ago

    Wow amazing close up jon!

  • pepper2008
    pepper2008over 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot,not sure theyre one of natures most beautiful,but this is a brilliant close up.I love the reflection in his eye too.

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