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Palm-nut Vulture.(Vulturine Fish-Eagle alternative name)

Gypohierax angolensis. Lake kuNhalange, Kosi Bay. South Africa.

Its breeding population in southern Africa is tied to the Rafia Palm Forest in Kosi Bay. Its main diet in this region consist on the fruit of this palm. The fruit is held down with one foot, removed the armoured shell with its robust beak and then scrapping off and devouring its oil and bright orange husk very rich in protein. Also feeds on dates, grain, seeds of Acacia ciclops. When feeding small young also takes small fish, crabs, frogs, molluscs and small birds.

Usually seen perched in a tree, but spends some time on the ground.

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Taken on August 27, 2012