what’s the highest flying bird

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A notorious scavenger, Rüppells griffon vultures dine exclusively on carrion. They rely on vision alone to detect prey. The vulture will descend close to a carcass it has spotted from the air, spread its wings, and sprint toward its meal. Rüppells griffon vultures pierce the skin of the carcass with their heads, sometimes penetrating the rib cage to reach the food. Most of the feathers on the head and neck have evolved to minimize the mess of blood and meat.

Poisoning from ingestion of an anti-inflammatory drug present in Tanzanian livestock, as well as poisoning from toxic pesticides used outside of protected areas, pose serious risks throughout East Africa. Because parts of Rüppells griffon vultures are popular in traditional juju practices, hunting or collecting for trade presents a problem. This is thought to be the main, if not the only, reason for the species’ local extinction in Nigeria.

Rüppells griffon vultures are found throughout the Sahel region of Africa, extending from Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia in the east to Senegal, Gambia, and Mali in the west. They are also found in Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique’s savanna. Rüppells griffon vultures live close to mountainous areas because they need cliff faces for breeding, but they will also travel through woodlands and grasslands to locate food.

Rüppells griffon vultures do not obtain the majority of their food from larger predators’ killed prey, despite what is commonly believed. While they will eat leftovers from lions if they find them, a large portion of what they eat comes from old age, illness, animals with broken legs, or stillborn babies rather than being preyed upon.

While males arrange the sticks into their own formation, females frequently steal sticks from other nests. After 55 days of incubation, the chick will be raised by both parents. The chick, a gray hatchling covered in down, will fledge after about 150 days and become independent right before the next breeding cycle starts.

FAQ

What birds can fly the highest?

The Rüppell’s griffon vulture is the world’s highest-flying bird. This critically endangered species is vital to Africa’s ecology, flying long distances to eat carrion and keep ecosystems healthy.

What is the tallest flying bird in the world?

The Sarus crane is the tallest flying bird in the world standing 152-156 cm tall with a wingspan of 240cm. It has a predominantly grey plumage with a naked red head and upper neck and pale red legs. It weighs 6.8-7.8 Kgs.

Can a bird fly 2,000 feet?

Songbirds travel at an altitude as high as 500 to 2,000 feet. Geese and vultures have been known to travel at altitudes of 29,000-37,000 feet high. Some scientists believe that birds travel at higher altitudes to conserve energy with less flapping of the wings and more gliding.

What is the highest altitude bird sighting?

The two highest-flying bird species on record are the endangered Ruppell’s griffon vulture, which has been spotted flying at 37,000 feet (the same height as a coasting commercial airplane), and the bar-headed goose, which has been seen flying over the Himalayas at heights of nearly 28,000 feet.