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Lappert Faced King Vulture Adult Male Bird Skull measures 152mm or 6.0 inches. Museum quality replica and made in USA. The vulture is a large scavenger of north and south Africa, adjacent areas of Arabian peninsula. The vulture is a large scavenger of north and south Africa, adjacent areas of Arabian peninsula.
The lappet-faced vulture is a huge species, ranking as the longest and largest winged vulture in its range. Overall, the lappet-faced vulture is blackish above with a strongly contrasting white thigh feathers. The black feathers on the back of African vultures are lined with brown, while Arabian birds are dark brown rather than black above. The underside can range from pure white to buff-brown. Like many vultures, it has a bald head. The head coloration can range from reddish in southern Africa to dull pink in more northern Africa to pink on the back of the head and gray on the front in the Arabian Peninsula. The combination of the colorful head and fleshy folds on the side of it are distinctive. The bald head of the lappet-faced vulture is advantageous, because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean. While flying, lappet-faced vultures have large, broad wings held with the front edges held parallel and slightly pointed, serrated-looking wingtips. Compared to the somewhat similarly marked hooded vulture, it is considerably larger with a more massive bill and can only be confused at a great distance.
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