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The mountains support a population of the lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotus), significant in the Middle East since the species is threatened and declining in the region; it is listed as vulnerable on the 2000 IUCN Red List.
The lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotus), is considered vulnerable by BirdLife International (2000) and is found throughout the ecoregion.
The poisoning of predators has disastrous effects for other species, and has caused a large decline in lappet-faced vultures.
"Eight species, including the wattled crane, lappet-faced vulture and the Cape parrot are already extinct ...," it states.
Though the lappet-faced vulture is the largest of the Old World vultures, and is known for its aggression and belligerence, the chicks were remarkably docile.
White-backed and lappet-faced vultures; marabou storks with their ghastly death's-heads; secretary birds taller than a 10-year-old and black-chested snake eagles converged in such numbers the trees seemed certain to tip under the load.