Palm-nut Vulture

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is only distantly related to the New World vultures, which are in a separate family, Cathartidae.

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The Palm-nut Vulture is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

the palm-nut vulture Gypoheerax" Ibis 99 (4) , 608–613 doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1957.tb03053. More

has been proposed that the Palm-nut Vulture might not be a vulture at all. Some authorities (Zimmerman et al) consider it to be a vulturine eagle. More

Despite its name the Palm-nut Vulture probably isn't a vulture at all. Some authorities (Zimmerman et al) consider it to be a vulturine eagle, others (Lewis and Pomeroy) place it with the vultures, while the Handbook of the Birds of the World says it is a "Monotypic genus, apparently intermediate between fish-eagles and vultures! As the name suggests these birds feed on Raphia and Elaeis palm fruit but will also take invertebrates, fish and carrion. More

young Palm-nut Vulture to gain its full adult colouring and until this time it will be varying shades of brown, with black primary feathers. The Palm-nut Vulture has several high-pitched, whistling calls used during copulation or territory defence; it can also produce a quacking similar to that of a duck. More

adult palm-nut vulture can be crudely mistaken for both the African fish eagle and the Egyptian vulture, but clearly lacks the chestnut body of the former and the white tail of the latter (2) (5) (6). While the head, throat and neck is well feathered, reddish bare skin, conspicuous around the face and eyes, is distinctly vulturine (2) (7) (8). The sexes are almost identical in appearance, with the female being only slightly larger than the male. More

palm-nut vulture can be crudely mistaken ... More

The palm-nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) lives in western and central Africa. It is about 50 cm (20 inches) long and has a bare orange face and yellow beak. It is unusual in being primarily vegetarian, although it sometimes takes crustaceans and dead fish. More

Aspects of the topic palm-nut vulture are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description and diet (in vulture (bird): Old World vultures) The palm-nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) lives in western and central Africa. It is about 50 cm (20 inches) long and has a bare orange face and yellow beak. More

The Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is the only member of the genus Gypohierax. This Old World vulture is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family, Cathartidae. It breeds in forest and savannah throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and generally prefers to be near water. Its range coincides with that of the Oil Palm. More

palm-nut vulture, of tropical Africa, is unlike other vultures in that it has a largely vegetarian diet. Its main food is the fruit of the oil palm. The lammergeier, or bearded vulture, is unusual in that it has a fully feathered head. The African lammergeierThe African lammergeier is a large vulture.What Do Vultures Eat? Vultures do not hunt live animals. Instead, they feed on carrion. Carrion is the meat of an animal that is already dead. More

* Palm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis Genus Gyps * Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus * Indian White-rumped Vulture, Gyps bengalensis * Rüppell's Vulture, Gyps rueppelli * Long-billed Vulture, Gyps indicus * Slender-billed Vulture, Gyps tenuirostris * Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Gyps himalayensis * White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus * Cape Griffon, Gyps coprotheres More

Palm-nut Vulture - Gypohierax angolensis Palmiste africain = Palmiste africain Condors and Vultures Gallery : © Jean-Marc Rabby Order : Accipitriformes Family : Accipitridae Species : Palm-nut Vulture Age : Immature Reference: jmra52056 Other pictures Date taken : 2008 Apr Geographic data Country : Gabon (gb) Region : Province de l' Estuaire More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Gypohierax
Species : angolensis
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)