Zoo Animals

Lappet-faced vulture

Torgos tracheliotos

At the Detroit Zoo
The lappet-faced vulture can be found in the habitat just west of the guanacos 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.