Egyptian Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 April 2009
Scientific Name
Neophron percnopterus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Neophron
  • N. percnopterus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Endangered (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
34 inches
67 inches
74 ounces



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

Chinese (汉语) 白兀鹫
Czech (Cesky) Sup Mrchožravý
Danish (Dansk) Ådselgrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Aasgier
Finnish (Suomi) Pikkukorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour Percnoptère
German (Deutsch) Schmutzgeier
Italian (Italiano) Capovaccaio
Japanese (日本語) エジプトハゲワシ (Ejiputohagewashi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Åtselgribb
Polish (Polski) ścierwnik
Russian (русский язык) Стервятник
Spanish (Español) Alimoche Común
Swedish (Svenska) Smutsgam
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