The Cape Vulture is one of the best known vultures and can
only be found in Africa. Up in the air they appear peaceful
and beautiful, but down on the ground they are, to most people,
unattractive and obstinate. This is because of what they look
like and how they act. Their unattractiveness is due to their
bare heads and pink featherless necks with only a few feathers
at the base. This allows them to reach into difficult areas
of their food.
The adult vulture is whitebacked with honey coloured eyes.
The immature vulture has a warmer brown coloured back. They
also have large beaks which allow them to tear flesh apart
from large, decaying corpses of mammals. They are slowly decreasing
in number with increasing agricultural developments and improved
hygiene, therefore they go unnoticed for removing carcasses which are highly infectious. Although people discriminate
the cape vulture because of its appearance, it is a useful
and necessary part of the ecology.