Saturday, February 22, 2014

Palm-nut Vultures

An almost vegetarian bird is the Palm-nut Vulture. Most of his diet consits of oil palm nuts and other fruits like dates. The rest (~ 35 %) is fish and small animals like insects. I saw this pair in a forest in Gambia, where they still occur frequently.

Palm-nut Vultures in Gambia
Palm-nut Vultures in Gambia.

15 comments:

  1. It is fun to view birds that I never knew about ..including this lovely pair! :)

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  2. Such an interesting bird. I never knew that there was a vulture that was anything but a scavenger. Beautiful images!

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  3. Beautiful couple of birds. They look very dignified.
    Have a nice weekend !

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  4. What fantastic birds, probably the smartist looking Vultures I ever seen.
    All the best Gordon.

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  5. Wow, they are cool looking vultures! Great shot! Thank you for linking up to my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  6. Those are the prettiest vultures I have ever seen. Great photo!

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  7. Beautiful birds. I am seeing them for first time.

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  8. Oh my goodness...these are BEAUTIFUL!! I've never seen nor heard of this species.

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  9. What a brave looking Palm-nut Vultures!!! Oh My, I'm surprised with your explanation that they eat palm-nut as they are called so. Great shot♡♡♡

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  10. I didn't know of such a vulture either. How interesting that a vulture adapted that way in contrast to most others of the family. A lovely portrait you took.

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  11. Fanstatic and so much more interesting to see them in the wild then in a zoo!
    First time I see them!

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