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Lappet-faced Vulture(Torgos tracheliotos) informations, facts -

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. 



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)


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


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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