Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis)


Taxonomy

French: Palmiste africain German: Palmgeier Spanish: Buitre palmero
Taxonomy:

Falco angolensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Angola

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Senegambia E to South Sudan and Kenya coast, and S to Angola and NE coastal South Africa (breeding very local in Angola and Zambia).

Descriptive notes

57–65 cm; 1200–1800 g, mean 1470 g; wingspan 135–155 cm. Bare orange to red facial skin distinctive; colour is affected by consumption of palm fruits and... read more

Voice

Low growl given during feeding, as well as various cawing and hissing sounds (the latter apparently... read more

Habitat

Edges of tropical forests, large rivers, lakes, mangroves, estuaries and seashore, where oil palms... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fleshy pericarp of Elaeis guineensis, Raphia and Phoenix (Arecaceae) palm fruits, locally especially ... read more

Breeding

Laying mainly Oct/Nov–Dec in W & C Africa (where season continues until May); Jan–Feb and Jun–Nov in E Africa; May... read more

Movements

Sedentary in most areas with plentiful palm fruit. Also resident in some E African coastal areas... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. The commonest large raptor in many lowland forest areas of W & C Africa, at densities up to 1 pair/2 km2, and with c.... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52991 on 21 October 2017).