Latin name: Gyps rueppelli
What they look like: It is a large vulture, recognised by it general plumage of mottled brown and white markings on underbelly. On their head and neck they have white fluff.
- Looking for carrion, this vulture is a very high-flyer and holds the record for the greatest flying height recorded for any bird.
- One collided with an airplane flying at an altitude of 37000 feet.
What they eat: Carrion (animal carcasses), keeping the African countryside clear of carcasses and free from disease.
Habitat: Steep cliff faces.
Where they live: West to East Africa.
Threats: Habitat loss, hunting for trade, persecution and poisoning.