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White-headed Vulture

Trigonoceps occipitalis

ML201992831

IBC1578953

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Robert Humphries
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Kruger NP--central section (please be more specific)
Limpopo, South Africa
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Latitude and Longitude -23.9586, 31.4367 Map

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A White-headed Vulture displaces a Tawny Eagle from an Impala carcass. White-headed Vultures (Trigonoceps occipitalis) are now critically endangered, and are mostly restricted to large national parks and game reserves in southern Africa. They are large birds, weighing up to 5.3 kilograms with a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres. This drama played out near the edge of the H1-4 Road north of Satara Restcamp in Kruger National Park in the early morning. A Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) was feeding on the abandoned carcass of a male Impala that had been killed and eaten by a Leopard the night before. The White-headed Vulture swooped in, and the Eagle retreated, allowing the Vulture to feed, which it did for a few minutes. The Tawny Eagle returned to feed on the Impala when the White-headed Vulture flew off. Elevation: 287 m. Date added to IBC: April 21, 2019.

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