White-backed vulture - Alexandra Korneva
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The white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. This amazing bird is very special with its bald head, broad wings and short tail. It has a white neck ruff. This vulture has whitish back and rump, making contrast with its dark plumage.
Juvenile are very dark, more than adults. But it has not pale white areas. It needs some years to reach adult plumage, from 4 to 6 years.
African white-backed Vulture utters a croaking when at nest or near carcasses.
The bird lives up to 19 years. It is relatively common in wooded areas of southern Africa. But it is considered as vulnerable, with their recent decline. These cultures suffered some threats such as indirect poisoning, habitat loss, collisions and electrocution by power lines. They keep our environment free of carcasses and waste and therefore restrict the spread of disease. The white-backed vultures play an important role in the fragile ecosystems and need to be protected.
I was so inspired by their proud, wild and free look and decided that such a gorgeous bird must be depicted.
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