Zoo Animals


Lappet-faced vulture

Torgos tracheliotus

At the Detroit Zoo
The lappet-faced vultures can be found in the vulture habitat next to the camels from April through September.

The lappet-faced vulture is a large bird with a heavy bald head and massive brown bill. It has mainly dark feathers and is easily identified by its bare pink head and large, fleshy lappets (folds of skin) on the sides of its neck. It has white feathers on its legs.

Fun Facts

  • Lappet-faced vultures are able to strip a small antelope carcass to the bone within 20 minutes.