Egyptian Vulture

Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Names, conservation status and distribution
Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Neophron percnopterus, egyptian vulture, percnoptère d'égypte, alimoche comun, vultures of kenya, birds of prey, wildlife of Kenya
Buffalo Springs National Reserve

The Egyptian Vulture, also called the White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh's Chicken, is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron. It is widely distributed; the Egyptian Vulture is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India. The contrasting underwing pattern and wedge-shaped tail make it distinctive in flight as it soars in thermals during the warmer parts of the day. Egyptian Vultures feed mainly on carrion but are opportunistic and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles. They also feed on the eggs of other birds, breaking larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them.

 

The use of tools is rare in birds and apart from the use of a pebble as a hammer, Egyptian Vultures also use twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest. 

 

Healthy adults do not have many predators, but human activities pose many threats. Collisions with power lines, hunting, intentional poisoning, lead accumulation from ingesting gunshot in carcasses, and pesticide accumulation take a toll on populations. Egyptian vulture populations have declined in most parts of its range and this species is classified "endangered" by the IUCN.