Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus)

Common name in other languages:

Dutch: Monniksgier; German: Mönchsgeier; French: Vautour Moine; Spanish: Buitre Negro; Portuguese: Abutre Preto; Swedish: Gragam

Size: 98-110 cm

Weight: 7,1-12,5 kg

Wingspan: 250-295 cm

Life expectancy: up to 40 years in captivity

 

Features: The cinereous vulture is one of the heaviest and largest raptors in the world. It is a dark brown and broad-winged species with a slightly wedge-shaped tail. The bald head and neck are a bluish gray, with a fluffy collar which is lighter in older birds. In many countries, this bird is called ‘monk vulture’, because of it’s upright standing neck feathers that resemble the hood of a monk.

 

Distribution: In the last two hundred years, the cinereous vulture greatly decreased in numbers in most distribution areas, especially by poisoning, habitat destruction and reduction of food supply. In many European countries (Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Romania), the species became extinct. Thanks to strong efforts in many different projects (e.g. the protection of breeding sites, taking actions against poisoning, restoration programs), the numbers are now slowly increasing, especially in Spain, where the population is now of more than 2,000 pairs. Furthermore, in France a successful reintroduction project has resulted in the re-establishment of the species (25+ pairs), Greece (around 28 breeding pairs in the only remianing colony in the Balkans). The total European breeding population (including Turkey and Russia) is approximately 1800 pairs.

 

Behaviour: The cinereous vulture nests in trees and sometimes on cliffs. Like most other vultures, cinereous vultures are monogamous. Couples build huge nests that are reused each year. Eggs hatch in 50-55 days. Cinereous vultures have a specialized type of hemoglobin in their blood, allowing them to effectively absorb oxygen even at great heights. On thermal winds they ‘float’ to these great heights in search of carcasses.

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2019

Farming for vultures: the results from the LIFE+ Feeding Scavengers project

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2019

Four more Cinereous Vultures released into the wild in historic reintroduction project in Bulgaria

One of the Cinereous Vultures released in the Balkan Mountains (C) Green Balkans
One of the Cinereous Vultures released in the Balkan Mountains (C) Green Balkans
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2019

Second pair of Cinereous Vultures begins nesting in artificial platform in the Douro Canyon

Artifical nest constructed for Cinereous Vultures (c) José Jambas/Oriolus
Artifical nest constructed for Cinereous Vultures (c) José Jambas/Oriolus
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2019

Carrying out a post-mortem is essential in understanding vulture mortality

Veterinarian Florence Buronfosse-Roque carrying out a post-mortem on a Cinereous Vulture
Veterinarian Florence Buronfosse-Roque carrying out a post-mortem on a Cinereous Vulture
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2019

Cinereous Vulture Ostrava found dead in Greece

Cinereous Vulture Ostrava (c) Hristo Peshev
Cinereous Vulture Ostrava (c) Hristo Peshev
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Feb

2019

Record number of young Cinereous Vultures fledge the nest in Andalusia in 2018 for a second year

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2019

Dating the Cinereous Vulture way - helping captive birds find love

A pair of Cinereous Vultures in Belgium's Planckendael Zoo
A pair of Cinereous Vultures in Belgium's Planckendael Zoo
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2019

Cinereous Vulture fitted with a GPS transmitter released back into the wild in Portugal as part of LIFE Rupis project

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2019

Shocking killing of a rare Cinereous Vulture shot dead in Lebanon

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Jan

2019

How did a GPS transmitter from a Cinereous Vulture end up on the beach in St-Tropez?

The GPS transmitter attached to one of the Cinereous Vultures released at Parcs Naturel Regional Baronnies provençales
The GPS transmitter attached to one of the Cinereous Vultures released at Parcs Naturel Regional Baronnies provençales
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Jan

2019

Abricot, the Great Wanderer, spotted on camera after an absence of two year

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Dec

2018

Cinereous Vulture Murtigão photographed in southern Portugal

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Dec

2018

Bulgaria's cinereous vulture Ostrava heads off on winter migration

Ostrava in flight (C) FWFF
Ostrava in flight (C) FWFF
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2018

Five more cinereous vultures reintroduced in the southern Alps in France

Cinereous vulture Léa at the relase site in Gorge du Verdon © Dominique Jacquemin
Cinereous vulture Léa at the relase site in Gorge du Verdon © Dominique Jacquemin
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Nov

2018

The 24th Meeting of the French Vulture Network

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Nov

2018

New research review reveals the extent of lead contamination in wild vultures.

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2018

New artificial nests built in Eastern Rhodope mountains for cinereous vultures

(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
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Nov

2018

Multiple raptors, including vultures, continue to be killed by electrocution

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Nov

2018

Young cinereous vulture tagged and released back into the wild in the French pre-Pyrenees

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Nov

2018

Working to save vultures in the Balearics

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Oct

2018

Island hopping and heading east - the latest travels of Bulgaria's cinereous vultures - updates

Ostrava in the Kotel Mountains (C) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
Ostrava in the Kotel Mountains (C) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
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Oct

2018

16 threatened birds- including the bearded and cinereous vultures, have much better chances in Europe now

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Oct

2018

Understanding and tackling the electrocution and collision threats to vultures - Andalusia seminar

Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
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Oct

2018

Riga - one of the 3 cinereous vultures reintroduced in Bulgaria a few weeks ago, made it to Western Greece after a flight across the Balkans

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Sep

2018

POISON KILLS! A new LPO publication helping to fight illegal wildlife poisoning in the French Pyrenees

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Sep

2018

Reintroduction of cinereous vultures in Bulgaria – what is happening with the three birds released?

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2018

Vultures at risk from changes to regulations in Spain’s Asturias region

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2018

Visitor to feeding station surprises staff at Monte Velino Reserve

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2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Aug

2018

Vultures Back to LIFE - conserving cinereous vultures in Bulgaria

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Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Aug

2018

Cinereous vulture found dead in the Rhodope Mountains

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Aug

2018

New study reveals the impact of illegal poisoning in Greece

Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
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Aug

2018

Bulgaria's reintroduced cinereous vultures leave the nest

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Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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Aug

2018

Wandering cinereous vulture in Bulgaria gives hope to the restoration of the species in the country

Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
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Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Jul

2018

First ever Portuguese cinereous vulture tagged 

Cinereous vulture Murtigão with a newly fitted GPS tag
Cinereous vulture Murtigão with a newly fitted GPS tag
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Jul

2018

Europe's largest vulture returns to Bulgaria

Staff from the Vulture Conservation Foundation and Green Balkans releasing the two young cinereous vultures at the release site
Staff from the Vulture Conservation Foundation and Green Balkans releasing the two young cinereous vultures at the release site
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Jul

2018

Landmark day for cinereous vulture conservation in the Balkans

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May

2018

Landmark day for vulture conservation in Europe

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May

2018

One step closer to bring black vultures back to Bulgaria – 1st black vultures transported from Spain to the Balkans

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2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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2018

Update on Vulture Research

Latest vulture science analysed: Movements of Egyptian vultures in the Middle East and East Africa; the potential impacts of land use change on cinereous vulture occurrence in Spain; stakeholder perceptions of Egyptian vultures; a review of the contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being; and an article on the association between lead toxicity and hunting activity in Botswana

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2018

On the road in Bulgaria tonight

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2018

Cinereous vulture recorded on video in The Gambia – a first for the West Africa country

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2018

Hope and resilience - cinereous vultures resurrect from the ashes in the Douro canyon – Happy Easter!

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2018

New Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project kick-offs at the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference

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2018

New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal

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2018

Korea peninsula - cinereous vultures know no borders too!

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2018

Cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild in Jordan – in images

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2018

Cinereous vulture flyway action plan featured in this month´s Quercus magazine

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2018

First for Jordan – cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild – He is now wintering in Saudi

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2018

New vulture book for children (in German) - Geier Georg auf der Flucht

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2018

An European vulture in Mauritania - and an African one in Spain

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2018

Two cinereous vultures found dead, presumably poisoned, in Thrace (Greece)

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2018

Why do foraging Spanish vultures stop at the border with Portugal? Because of different sanitary policies!

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Dec

2017

Bulgarian partners visit nest platforms for cinereous vultures in Portugal

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2017

Cinereous Vulture Flyway Action Plan published

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2017

Black vultures continue to increase in Mallorca – 2017 was again a record breeding year

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Dec

2017

The status of cinereous vultures in Armenia

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Dec

2017

Another VCF milestone – final drafts of the European International Species Actions Plans for the bearded vulture and the cinereous vulture produced

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2017

Last chance to see the spectacular documentary on our LIFE GYPCONNECT on ARTE

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2017

Eight more black vultures from Andalusia (Spain) transferred for the reintroduction project in France

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2017

All together for vultures in Extremadura (Spain)

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2017

Interesting observation of a black vulture at the Romanian Black Sea coast

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2017

Black vulture seen in Lisbon

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2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 6 – vet diclofenac - did you know…?

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2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 5 – European vultures - did you know…?

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2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 4 – European black vulture – did you know…?

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2017

A survey of attitudes towards vulture conservation in the Bulgarian Rodopi regions

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2017

Black vulture breeds successfully for the third year in a row in Alentejo (Portugal)

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2017

Newsletter of the LIFE Re Vultures project is out!

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2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – more griffon vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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2017

The adventures of a cinereous vulture in Jordan

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2017

Black vulture shows up in the eastern Alps

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2017

Der Falke special edition on vultures now available to order

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2017

Barcelona Zoo sent 3 captive-bred griffons for the vulture reintroduction project in Bulgaria

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2017

Black vulture Bernardus is back in France!

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2017

14 pairs of black vulture – in Boumort (Spanish Pyrenees) – 8 are still breeding

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2017

2016 Report on the black vulture captive breeding network

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2017

Black vulture Bernardus is on the move again!

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Apr

2017

A poacher kills the last black vulture in Alinyà, Spain

Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team
Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team
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2017

LIFE RE-Vultures - news from the Rhodopes at the project annual meeting

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2017

Frustration – and then hope – with the only black vulture pair in Douro International

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2017

Bernardus has overwintered in Toledo (Spain). Where will she go in Spring?

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2017

Three black vultures to be released tomorrow in the Gorges du Verdon (France)

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2017

News from LIFE RUPIS: Supplementary feeding points ready to receive the Egyptian vultures coming from Africa. And they are helping the local black vultures too!

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2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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Dec

2016

First bearded vulture in Israel for more than 10 years – and a bounty of black vultures too!

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2016

The Junta de Andalusia handed over to the VCF 7 Black Vultures for the reintroduction project in France

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2016

Vultures galore at the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Workshop held in Extremadura – and some great conclusions too!

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2016

Bernardus goes south again

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2016

Key vulture workshop to be held next week in Monfrague (Spain) - to develop the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan

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2016

Abricot the great voyager

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2016

Bernardus the black vulture decided to visit our… Egyptian vulture project site in Portugal-Spain!

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2016

Breeding black vultures in captivity for conservation - 2015 report

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2016

Captive-bred black vulture "Bernardus" released in Verdon is now in Portugal

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2016

Working high above the Rhine towards international species action plans

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