White-headed Vulture

White-headed Vulture

Artist: Anne Peyton
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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White-headed Vulture by Anne Peyton
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
ACCIPITRIDAE
Order: 
ACCIPITRIFORMES
Genus: 
Trigonoceps
Species: 
occipitalis
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Burchell, 1824)
Common names (Fre): 
Vautour tte blanche
Medium: 
Acrylic
Artist Statement: 
I chose a White-headed Vulture because I wanted to call attention to the struggles of old world vultures. These birds are in serious decline due to excessive poisoning of wildlife which then affects predators and carrion-dependent species. The vultures also face threats from human expansion including electrocution from high-voltage power lines.