Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) - HBW 2, p. 129

French: Vautour oricou German: Ohrengeier Spanish: Buitre Orejudo
Other common names: African Black/King Vulture, Nubian Vulture

Taxonomy: Vultur tracheliotus J. R. Forster, 1791, Great Namaqualand, South Africa.
Usually considered sufficiently distinctive to merit monotypic genus, but sometimes placed in Aegypius along with A. monachus, T. occipitalis and S. calvus, and in superspecies with A. monachus. Validity of races questionable, as variation may be largely individual and clinal. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tracheliotus (J. R. Forster, 1791) - extreme SW Morocco; S Mauritania E to Ethiopia and Kenya, S to South Africa.
  • nubicus (H. Smith, 1829) - Egypt and N Sudan.
  • negevensis Bruun et al., 1981 - S Israel and Arabian Peninsula.

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