A committee of Vultures

A committee of Vultures – Lappet-faced, White-headed and White-backed – assembling for their afternoon meeting near Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park.

*”Committee” is the collective noun for a group of vultures just sitting around.*

A committee of Vultures – Lappet-faced, White-headed and White-backed – assembling for their afternoon meeting near Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park

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25 thoughts on “A committee of Vultures

  1. bestregardsfromfar

    A committee of vultures! Thanks I was not aware of the name 🙂 They certainly have a kind of mysterious glow around them. One day I followed the stench of a dead animal and found them feeding on a dead giraffe! I love observing their hierarchy, it never cease to amaze me these vultures!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      They’re fascinating birds and really do not deserve the terrible PR they’re getting – in fact, they are becoming more and more endangered by the day and their plight should be given more attention.

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  2. naturebackin

    I also didn’t know such groups are termed committees – perfect! Makes me think of the scene in the 1st Walt Disney “Jungle Book” movie with the Liverpudlian-voiced vultures sitting around and wondering what they’re gonna do.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We drove backwards and forwards for a better view, trying to see the carcass, only to come to the conclusion that there definitely isn’t one and that the three species of vultures are simply sitting together on the ground doing nothing much – perfectly illustrating the collective noun.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Definitely so, Anne, and it was heartening to see so many in Kruger. It is likely one of the last few remaining safe havens they have in South Africa, as most of our other protected areas are simply too small to accommodate these birds’ wide range.

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  3. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    They are deciding who is going to jump in first. Not that they care about each other. First comes first served. Wat vir my interessant was by die Hoedspruit teelsentrum het hul spesiaal n Aasvoël restaurant. Mense probeer darem hul bes om die diere/voëls aan die lewe te hou. Doen mens se hart goed om dit te weet.

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