Whitebacked vulture (Gyps africanus) and Lappetfaced vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) Makalolo Plains, Hwange National Park, ZIMBABWE. Southern Africa
WHITEBACKED: Gregarious birds. Roost in trees at night, soaring soon after sunrise to forage. Glides then dives following other vultures, crows, kites, hyaenas or lions to locate food. Often rests on ground by day. Drinks and bathes regularly at waterholes. Aggressive at carcass. May loaf on ground near carcass for hours after feeding.
HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION: Savanna & bushveld. Africa s of Sahara, except forests and extreme desert.
LAPPETFACED: Very large vulture that is dominant over all other species at a carcass. It may be solitary or in pairs and sometimes many birds at a carcass as well as being in the company of other vulture species. Roosts in trees at night and flies with difficulty in absence of thermals. Soars out well after sunrise to forage over wide area. Tears into tough carcasses by ripping with stout bill. Rarely steals carrion from smaller vultures. May loaf for hours near carcass after feeding.
HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION: Savanna and desert. Much of Africa s or Sahara. Part of NW Africa, Arabia and Israel.