White-headed vultures get their name from the covering of white, downy feathers on its head. Bare pink skin covers the face including the lores, cheeks, eye ring, and chin, The skin shades into lilac on the neck. The body, tail and wing feathers are black with white feathers covering the stomach and thighs leading to pink legs. White-headed vultures can soar for hours in search of food. They are slightly different to other vultures as they are much shier and will avoid the feeding frenzy at a carcass and feed alone at its edge.
Females will lay a single egg typically in the dry season. Nests are constructed high up in thorny acacia or baobab trees. The egg is incubated for approximately 55 days. The chick will fledge at 115-120 days.
Critically Endangered. The white-headed vultures at Tayto Park are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). This breeding programme aims to protect and conserve the genetic health of captive animals - vital for ensuring the survival of the species.
Wild populations are declining rapidly due to indirect secondary poisoning, persecution and conversion of their natural habitat