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Trigonoceps occipitalis

Trigonoceps occipitalis
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Copyright: Kiss Zsolt (zsooozs) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 16] (118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D60, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR, 67mm UV filter
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 3:00
Viewed: 2857
Points: 2
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The White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) is an Old World vulture endemic to Africa. It has a pink beak and a white crest, and the featherless areas on its head are pale. Its has dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers. The feathers on its lower parts and legs are white. It has a wing span of 2 m and spends a lot of time soaring looking for food. It roosts in tall trees near to water at night.

This is a medium-sized vulture, 7285 cm (2834 in) in length and 207230 cm (8291 in) in wingspan.[1][2] Females weigh more than males; they usually weigh around 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs), while males weigh 4 kg (8.8 lbs) or less.

As it is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was changed from Least Concern to Vulnerable in the 2007 IUCN Red List.[3]

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To PeterZ: thxzsooozs 1 09-27 04:18
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Hello Kiss,
Beautiful portrait of this White-headed Vulture, trigonoceps occipitalis. The head is a bit over-exposed, but the rest of the photo is very good. Excellent sharp details and a very nice composition and BG.

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