Afrikaans name: Witrugaasvoël
The White-backed Vulture is found over large parts of Africa. It occurs from northern South Africa to Ethiopia and across to West Africa.
They are found in savanna areas and occasionally even in deserts.
The White-backed Vulture has a wingspan of over 2 metres and can weigh up to 7 kilograms.
As a typical vulture it feeds on carcasses and doesn't catch its own food.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 137
Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 62
Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 27
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 20
Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 317
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 48
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 109
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 105
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 86
The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 17
The Vultures of Africa - Author: Mundy, Butchart, Ledger and Piper - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 122