White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
(aka Aegypius occipitalis)
White-headed Vulture, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The White-headed Vulture is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara where it is found in savanna, lightly wooded savanna and thorny scrub.

In flight it is a large raptor with long, broad wings and a white head and neck. They tend to be solitary except when feeding at carcasses when small groups will gather. They are often the first vultures to arrive at carrion but will give way to other vultures such as Lappet-faced Vultures when they arrive at which point they will hang around on the edges and pick up scraps.

It is classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

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