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Lappet-faced Vulture(Torgos tracheliotos) informations, facts - classicanimal.com

Lappet-faced Vulture(Torgos tracheliotos)
Lappet-faced Vulture(Torgos tracheliotos)

Lappet-faced vulture(Torgos tracheliotos) is a large-sized, powerful, and rare old world bird species native in Africa, Saudi Arabia. The lappet-faced vulture is one of the largest vultures in the world. It is the only member of the genus Torgos. Lappet-faced vultures were formerly considered monotypical. 

Information

Name

Their scientific name is Torgos tracheliotos. The name comes from the folds of skin on either side of its neck called lappets. Lapper-faced vultures are also known as 'Nubian vultures'.

Common Name: Lappet-faced Vulture
Scientific Name: Torgos tracheliotos
Other Name: Nubian vulture

Scientific Classification 

Lappet-faced vultures belong to the family Accipitridae. Lappet-faced vultures are large-sized. heavy bird species. There are only one species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Vulnerable'. Lappet-faced vultures are listed as Endangered bird species.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Genus: Torgos
Family: ‎Accipitridae
Group: Bird
Number of Species: 1
Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Living & Habitat

Lappet-faced vultures are found in Africa, Arab, Asia. They are habitats such as dry savannah, thornbush, arid plains, deserts.

Living Locations: Asia, Africa, Arab
Habitat: Dry savannah, Thornbush, Arid plains, Deserts

Physical Classification

The lappet-faced vulture is a large-sized bird and whole body covers with feathers. A lappet-faced vulture large body with a heavy, bullish, naked, square, pink head, a bulky bluish-yellow beak, a massive bill, and wrinkled loose skin on the face. An adult lappet-faced vultures length around  100 cm to 105 cm and the wingspan up to 250 cm to 280 cm. Their weight around 5 kg to 9 kg. They can fly at speed of up to 67 km/h.

Color: Brown, White
Skin Type: Feather
Weight: 5 kg to 9 kg (Approx)
Size: 100 cm to 105 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 250 cm to 280 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 67 km/h (Approx)

Diet

Lappet-faced vultures are mainly part of the Carnivores diet, which means they eat meat. They mostly birds, small mammals, reptiles, fishes

Diet: Carnivores
Favorite Food: Birds, Mammal, Reptiles, Fishes

Lifestyle

Their lifespan up to 50 years. Lappet-faced vultures are diurnal, solitary birds. They are very active in daylight. The nest is built by males and females. At the age of 5 to 7 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. Lappet-faced vultures are bred once a year. After the incubation period lasts around 56 days. Lappet-faced vultures lay one to three eggs in a breeding season. The young lappet-faced vulture is called 'Chick'. Those young spend two to three years with their mothers.

Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 50 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 5 to 7 Years
Incubation Period: 56 Days
Average Litter Size: 1 to 3
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 2 to 3 Years

Short Facts

  • Lappet-faced vultures are those kinds of birds who always wash their faces after eating.

  • These species can scare most other birds and even some mammals away when protecting a carcass on which it is feeding.

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