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Vultures are scavengers, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which they find by soaring over savannah. They also take scraps from human habitations. They often moves in flocks.
The Lappet-faced Vulture more so than many other African vultures, they often start tearing through the skin. They are the most powerful and aggressive of the African vultures so they can tear through the tough hides and knotty muscles of large mammals that the others cannot penetrate.
The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff. In 2012 its conservation status was listed to Endangered.
Lappet-faced Vulture (Aegypius tracheliotus), White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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