Lappet Faced Vulture Skull


The Lappet-faced Vulture is an old world vulture native to Africa. This large scavenger feeds on carrion. Its featherless head is an adaptation since feathers would harbor bacteria from its rotting prey’s viscera.


Lappet Faced Vulture Skull Replica measures 6.0 inches. Lappet Faced Vulture Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Skull is an adult male. Scientific name is Torgos tracheliotos. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Lappet Faced vulture or Torgos tracheliotos 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 or Torgos tracheliotos 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, the lappet faced vulture or Torgos tracheliotos 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 lappert 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 or Torgos tracheliotos 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.

The lappet faced vulture or Torgos tracheliotos is a scavenging bird, feeding mostly from animal carcasses, which it finds by sight or by watching other vultures. More so than many other African vultures, they often find carrion on their own and start tearing through the skin. They are the most powerful and aggressive of the African vultures.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 6 in
Lappert Faced Vulture Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Scientific name: Aegypius tracheliotos
Genus: Torgos
Species: T. tracheliotos
Binomial name: Torgos tracheliotos
Conservation status: Endangered – An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct in the near future. Endangered (EN), as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.