White-backed vulture (Gyps africanus)

Vultures are hunted for traditional medicine.Their population has declined drastically in the last two decades.

It features an off- white rump and lower back (only visible when wings are spread), dark grey neck, dark grey or blackish face and , dark brown eyes. Sexes are alike. It is 95cm in length and can weigh up to 7,4kg. it feeds on the soft muscle, organ tissue and bone fragments of carcasses.

The nest is a platform of sticks, lined with grass and green leaves, situated in the crown or fork of a large tree. This bird can be found in savannah, woodlands or bushveld areas. It can be seen in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique and in the north of South Africa.

This bird was declared an endangered species recently due to rapid decline owing to habitat loss, hunting for trade, persecution, collisions and poisoning. It is poisoned from the highly toxic pesticide, carbofuran. These birds are traded because they are perceived to have medicinal and psychological benefit.