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Cape Griffon Vulture, © Linda MillingtonDID YOU KNOW?

The Cape griffon or Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is endemic to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and in some parts of northern Namibia. It nests on cliffs and usually lays one egg per year.

This young vulture is dark brown except for the pale wing coverts. The adult is paler than the juvenile, and its under-wing coverts can appear almost white at a distance. The average length is about 1 m (3.3 ft) with a wingspan of about 2.57 m and a body weight of 9.29 kg (21 lb). They are on average the heaviest raptor in Africa, although the Lappet-faced vulture has a larger wingspan.

The species is listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable with the major problems it faces being poisoning, disturbance at breeding colonies, drowning in water reservoirs  and electrocution.

 

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