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Brief Summary

    Palm-nut vulture: Brief Summary
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    The palm-nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) or vulturine fish eagle, is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae (which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers, vultures, and eagles). It is the only member of the genus Gypohierax.

    This bird is an Old World vulture (only distantly related to the New World vultures, which are in a separate family, the Cathartidae).

    It breeds in forest and savannah across sub-Saharan Africa, usually near water, its range coinciding with that of the oil and Raphia palms. It is quite approachable, like many African vultures, and can be seen near habitation, even on large hotel lawns in the tourist areas of countries such as the Gambia.

Comprehensive Description

Diagnostic Description

    Description
    provided by World Register of Marine Species
    Length: 60 cm. Plumage: white with black back, secondaries and tail; tail tipped white, primaries tipped black. Immature brown. Bare parts: iris yellow; bill yellowish grey with a pale blue cere; facial and malar skin deep pink to red to orange; feet and legs dull orange to flesh pink to yellow. Habitat: Mangroves, marine shores, and coastal forest; usually associated with raffia palms Rapfia australis or oil palms Elaeis guineensis. <388><391><393>