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
2019-08-19 06:00Mole NP--Asibey Loop/Haraba track vicinity (dry scrub & plains)1
2019-08-13 07:00Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba4
2019-08-14 06:48Queen Elizabeth II NP3
2019-08-20 13:35Murchison Falls NP--north side (Wangkwar to Pakuba)1
2019-08-16 08:30Etosha NP--Okaukuejo Camp3
2019-08-10 07:56Rwakobo Rock Lodge3
2019-08-22 16:04Kidepo Valley NP1
2019-08-14 12:30Lake Ziway - southwestern shore5
2019-08-22 10:29Serengeti NP--Kogatende1
2019-08-22 15:26Serengeti NP--Northern Serengeti12
2019-08-09 16:00Maasai Mara NR (general please use more specific location if possible)2
2019-08-21 08:29Serengeti NP3
2019-08-15 08:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2019-08-18 09:50Lake Manyara NP (Arusha Province)1
2019-08-17 11:00Africa Safari Glamping Tented Camp1
2019-08-10 07:04Chobe River--west of Kasane2
2019-08-16 09:48Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate9
2019-08-16 13:30Tarangire NP20
2019-08-18 09:03Frangilla Lodge15
2019-08-12 08:00Arusha NP1
2019-08-21 07:00Batini near USA River1
2019-08-18 10:21Taita Lowlands--Salt Lick Lodge1
2019-08-18 09:02Taita Lowlands--Lumo Conservancy/Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary19
2019-08-19 08:57Luambe NP1
2019-08-10 09:14Mikumi NP4
2019-08-15 06:30Madikwe Game Reserve1
2019-08-23 06:10Kruger NP--Pafuri Camp (Camp Guests Only)4
2019-08-22 15:43Gorongosa NP--Picada 1 Rd4
2019-08-15 07:01Kruger NP--Phabeni Gate2
2019-08-10 13:38Kruger NP--Phabeni to Skukuza15
2019-08-20 08:08Lake Panic Bird Hide3
2019-08-21 08:33Kruger NP--Tshokwane25
2019-08-19 07:48Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp10
2019-08-18 11:22Kruger NP--Crocodile Bridge Camp3
2019-08-17 06:32Swazi-Hlane NP9
2019-08-17 08:08HiP--Imfolozi Section2