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Common name:

Egyptian vulture

Scientific name:

Neophron percnopterus

Weight:

1,6 - 2,4 kg

Size:

58-70 cm
Birds
Carnivore
Desert
Africa

Conservation

En peligro
Endangered
Monday to Friday: 13:30, 17:30 h. Weekends and holidays: 13:00, 16:00, 18:00 h.
Who is it? 

The Egyptian vulture is the smallest vulture in the Old World. As with other vultures, when flying it is very agile, describing circles in the air; on land, on the other hand, it is clumsier and moves with more difficulty. The adults have black feathers on their wings, though their plumage is off-white (and their face yellow).

What are its habits?

They are capable of using a stone as an instrument to break ostrich eggs to feed on (though this particular manner of obtaining food only occurs in certain regions, so it’s not known whether this ability is learnt or congenital). The Egyptian vulture eats carrion, eggs, insects and small crustaceans. As for reproduction, it broods for about 40 days (laying one or two eggs).

Did you know…

They are sometimes able to live alongside humans in open cooperation given that they help to eliminate waste.

 

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