French: Palmiste africain German: Palmgeier Spanish: Buitre palmero
J. F. Gmelin
Senegambia E to South Sudan and Kenya coast, and S to Angola and NE coastal South Africa (breeding very local in Angola and Zambia).
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
Low growl given during feeding, as well as various cawing and hissing sounds (the latter apparently... read more
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
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
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
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