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Egyptian Vulture

Scientific name:  Neophron percnopterus
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Desierto
Diet:  Carnívoro
Weight:  1,6 - 2,4 kg
Size:  58 - 70 cm

Meet the Egyptian Vulture!

The Egyptian Vulture is the smallest vulture in the Old World. As with other vultures, it flies with agility, making circles in the air; on the ground, however, it is more ungainly and moves with greater difficulty.

Adults have black feathers on their wings, although their plumage is off-white (and their face is yellow).

What are its habits?

They are able to use a stone as an instrument to break ostrich eggs and feed themselves (although this particular way of obtaining food is only seen in certain regions, so it is not known if this ability is learned or genetic). The Egyptian Vulture eats carrion, eggs, insects and small crustaceans. As for their reproduction, incubation lasts about 40 days (they lay one or two eggs).

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


Sometimes they are able to live with man in cooperation since they collaborate in the elimination of waste

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