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.
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.
For 19 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2011. We're counting up to revealing our 350th species! Today's bird is the Cinereous Vulture.
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