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About the Cinereous Vulture

Also known as: Black Vulture, Monk Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture

The Cinereous Vulture is a species of Old World vulture native to parts of southern Europe and Asia. The bird, also known as Black Vulture (no relation to the American Black Vulture, is among the largest birds of prey in the world.

Cinereous Vultures make huge nests, usually in trees, and lay just one egg per breeding season. Both parents tend to incubation and nesting duties.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 November 2011
Scientific Name Aegypius monachus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Aegypius
  • A. monachus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Range South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa


From IUCN Red List:
The Cinereous Vulture is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species has a moderately small population which appears to be suffering an ongoing decline in its Asiatic strongholds, despite the fact that in parts of Europe numbers are now increasing. Consequently it qualifies as Near Threatened.

International Names

  • 秃鹫 (Chinese)
  • sup hnědý (Czech)
  • Munkegrib (Danish)
  • Monniksgier (Dutch)
  • munkkikorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour moine (French)
  • Mönchsgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio monaco (Italian)
  • クロハゲワシ (kurohagewashi) (Japanese)
  • 독수리 (Korean)
  • Munkegribb (Norwegian)
  • sęp kasztanowaty (Polish)
  • Черный гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Negro (Spanish)
  • Grågam (Swedish)

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