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About the Egyptian Vulture

Also known as: Scavenger Vulture, Pharaoh's Chicken

The Egyptian Vulture is a small Old World vulture which lives from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to southern Asia. The adult has white plumage with some black feathers in the wings and tail.

The Egyptian Vulture is one of only a few species known to use tools. It uses small rocks to crack hard ostrich eggs.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 April 2009
Scientific Name Neophron percnopterus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Neophron
  • N. percnopterus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Endangered
  • 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 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
34 inches
67 inches
74 ounces
Range East Europe South Europe West Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Egyptian Vulture is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This long-lived species qualifies as Endangered owing to a recent and extremely rapid population decline in India (presumably resulting from poisoning by the veterinary drug Diclofenac) combined with severe long-term declines in Europe (>50% over the last three generations [42 years]) and West Africa, plus ongoing declines through much of the rest of its African range.

International Names

  • 白兀鹫 (Chinese)
  • Sup Mrchožravý (Czech)
  • Ådselgrib (Danish)
  • Aasgier (Dutch)
  • Pikkukorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour Percnoptère (French)
  • Schmutzgeier (German)
  • Capovaccaio (Italian)
  • エジプトハゲワシ (Ejiputohagewashi) (Japanese)
  • Åtselgribb (Norwegian)
  • ścierwnik (Polish)
  • Стервятник (Russian)
  • Alimoche Común (Spanish)
  • Smutsgam (Swedish)

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