The white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to the European griffon vulture, G. fulvus. Sometimes it is called African white-backed vulture to distinguish it from the Oriental white-backed vulture — nowadays usually called white-rumped vulture — to which it was formerly believed to be closely related.

The white-backed vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back contrasts with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark. This is a medium-sized vulture; its body mass is 4.2 to 7.2 kilograms (9.3–15.9 lb), it is 78 to 98 cm (31 to 39 in) long and has a 1.96 to 2.25 m (6 to 7 ft) wingspan.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah. It also takes scraps from human habitations. It often moves in flocks. It breeds in trees on the savannah of west and east Africa, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident.
White-backed Vulture
Date Location Count
2020-05-09 04:30Kafue NP--Kasabushi Camp
2020-05-09 05:45Lochinvar NP1
2020-05-09 08:44Hwange NP--Mandavu Dam2
2020-05-09 11:10Hwange NP--Sinamatella9
2020-05-09 10:10Hwange NP--Masuma Dam1
2020-05-09 17:20Hwange NP--Camp Hwange1
2020-05-16 20:16Hwange NP--Shumba Camp2
2020-05-09 05:49Kasanka NP6
2020-05-09 10:53Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle1
2020-05-09 06:09Soysambu Conservency14
2020-05-24 06:53Nairobi NP
2020-04-25 07:00Tarangire NP5
2020-05-09 05:54Polokwane Bird Sanctuary1
2020-05-09 06:03Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate2
2020-05-09 06:31Klaserie Private Nature Reserve1
2020-05-18Ngala Private Game Reserve1
2020-05-09 05:48Kuleni Conservancy1