Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Common name in other languages:
Dutch Aasgier; German Schmutzgeier; French Perconptère d´Egypte; Spanish Alimoche; Portuguese Britango; Swedish Smutsgam

Size: 58-70 cm

Weight: 1,6-2,2 kg

Wingspan: 155-170 cm

Life expectancy: up to 37 years in captivity

 

Features: This vulture species is considerably smaller than the other vultures in Europe. Adult animals have a bald yellow head and throat, and a white collar. The plumage is a creamy white, in sharp contrast with the black wing coverts. Young birds are brown with paler wings coverts, and slowly whiten with each mould. Like Bearded vultures, Egyptian vultures sometimes rub themselves with soil rich in ferric oxides, hence the German name ‘Schmutzgeier’.

 

Distribution: During the last decades, the number of Egyptian vultures declined dramatically in Europe. The largest European population is located in Spain (1300 to 1500 pairs). Except in France, where there are currently around 70 breeding pairs, the number of birds across Europe is still decreasing sharply, with over 50% in the last three generations.

 

Behaviour: Egyptian vultures are opportunists and eat very varied. Their diet consists mainly of carrion, but also small mammals, young birds, fish, eggs and even rotting fruit. The species can fly up to 80 kilometers per day in search of food. Due to their smaller size, Egyptian vultures must often wait for other species to have finished eating. The thin beak is perfectly adapted to catch the small pieces of leftover meat on carcasses. Also, they can break an egg by repeatedly dropping stones on it.

 

The Egyptian vulture is the only European vulture that migrates to Africa in winter. This is why they breed later in the year than other vulture species, and lay on average two eggs in April or May. Couples build nests together, in rocky areas, often on cliffs. 

 

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2018

Happy ending for Portuguese cinereous vulture pair that lost chick to fire last year

Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
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12

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2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria now on the move!

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11

Sep

2018

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

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04

Sep

2018

Egyptian vultures are migrating to Africa!

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03

Sep

2018

One less Egyptian vulture in the Balkans - and what an horrible death!

Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
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Sep

2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Aug

2018

LIFE Rupis - Conserving Egyptian vultures in Portugal and Spain

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27

Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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25

Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Aug

2018

First Egyptian vulture tagged with a GPS in LIFE Rupis project in the Douro Canyon resurfaces (again)

Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
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2018

Two more Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria in innovative experiment to test release techniques

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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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10

Aug

2018

Second attempt at fostering Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest

Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
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Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Jul

2018

Tracking Egyptian vultures in the Douro region of Spain and Portugal

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13

Jul

2018

Egyptian vultures in Oman feature in new short documentary

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Jul

2018

Results from experimental fostering of a captive-bred Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest in Bulgaria

Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
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2018

Following Egyptian vultures to Niger

Egyptian vulture standing on a rock
Egyptian vulture in its overwintering ground in Niger
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Jun

2018

Testing different release techniques of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria

Young captive bred Egyptian vulture sitting on a grassy area
Captive bred Egyptian vulture in released into the wild
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Jun

2018

Introducing Egyptian Vulture New LIFE

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Jun

2018

LIFE Rupis: Investigating the movements of breeding Egyptian vultures in the Douro region.

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May

2018

Sara and Tobia are on their way north, will Europe be next?

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May

2018

Egyptian vulture Rupis invades the schools - a day with the LIFE Rupis environmental education programme

School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
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May

2018

Celebrating the Egyptian vulture on World Migratory Birds Day, 2018.

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May

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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Apr

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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Apr

2018

And Rupis reappears from the darkness – 4 out of 5 Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro are still transmitting – while Sara is still in Africa

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Apr

2018

Vote for Egyptian vultures!

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Mar

2018

Egyptian vulture in the Western European flyway – experts identify priorities and discuss future collaboration

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Mar

2018

Wandering Tayeh – the Egyptian vulture in Oman. is staying close to home

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Mar

2018

Here comes the next one - Egyptian vulture Faia is on her way north!

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Mar

2018

Egyptian vultures go into the classroom in the Douro!

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Feb

2018

Diary of the migration – the journey of the Egyptian vulture Douro

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Feb

2018

Egyptian vulture Douro has now crossed the Atlas Mountains and is around Marrakesh – soon he will be in Gibraltar

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Feb

2018

Somewhere in Oman, there is an Egyptian vulture looking for a name – will you help us choose one?

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Feb

2018

What are Egyptian vultures doing in Oman? – Research and conservation action supported by the VCF

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Feb

2018

Egyptian vulture Douro starts its migration to Europe!

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Dec

2017

Egyptian vulture conservation in Sicily – project LIFE Conrasi

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Dec

2017

Tragic end for a Balkan Egyptian vulture – killed in Niger for bushmeat

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Nov

2017

The status of Egyptian Vulture in Armenia - 50 + pairs

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Nov

2017

The guirre blues – or the song of the Canary islands Egyptian vulture

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Nov

2017

Five out of five! Egyptian vulture Faia re-surfaced in Mali after two months

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Nov

2017

RUPIS project partners discuss the progress on the fight against poison in the Douro canyon

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Nov

2017

Egyptian vultures – and our LIFE RUPIS – on this month´s edition of National Geographic Portugal

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Oct

2017

After one month, Egyptian vulture Poiares comes back to LIFE in Senegal

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Oct

2017

Adult Egyptian vulture seen in Sardinia

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Oct

2017

Egyptian vulture Douro reaches its winter grounds too!

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2017

Egyptian vulture Rupis arrived at the wintering area in Mali

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2017

Finally Egyptian vulture Poiares goes to Africa too

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Sep

2017

And there goes Rupis!

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Sep

2017

Apollo made its way to Tunisia!

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2017

Migration time - Egyptian vultures on the move!

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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 3 – Egyptian vulture – did you know…?

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2017

And there goes Douro!

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2017

Egyptian vulture Faia is already in Africa!

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2017

Three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro named – and one of them has already started the migration to Africa.

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Aug

2017

Mixed results in this year´s experimental release of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Italy – 1 bird died and 2 had to be recaptured, but Apollo is doing well

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Aug

2017

Young Egyptian vultures flying everywhere in the Douro canyon

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Aug

2017

Vote to name three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro

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2017

One more Egyptian vulture has been captured and tagged in the Douro – 5 so far!

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2017

EU visits the LIFE Rupis project

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2017

Tomorrow´s Greek vultures will depend on today´s Greek children

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2017

Training of Portuguese partners on tagging vultures with GPS tags

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Jun

2017

All Egyptian vulture’s roads lead to the Douro – or the case of Tizón!

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Jun

2017

Der Falke special edition on vultures now available to order

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2017

Two adult Egyptian vultures have been captured and tagged in the Douro – another great milestone in the LIFE RUPIS project

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2017

Diet of Egyptian vulture in Sicily

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2017

Adult Egyptian vulture released in the Douro after being found weakened

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May

2017

New supplementary feeding point established in the LIFE RUPIS project– and almost immediately up to 10 Egyptian vultures fed there!

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May

2017

Egyptian vultures also seem to favour mud bathing to gain colour – but why?

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May

2017

LIFE RUPIS - An analysis of poisoning cases in the Spanish side of the Douro canyon

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May

2017

Egyptian vulture Rupis busy flying around the Douro area – but will probably not breed this year

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Apr

2017

Egyptian vultures Tobia and Sara, now on their 3rd year, are still in Africa!

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Egyptian Vultures and Bone crushing factories in Uttar Pradesh, India – a curious relationship

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Egyptian vulture Rupis is home!

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Rupis about to cross the Gibraltar strait!

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2017

Taking a stand for vultures in Albania

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2017

Egyptian vulture Rupis is on the way to Iberia!

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2017

And the survey of breeding Egyptian vultures started in the Douro canyons …

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2017

Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal

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A visitor from Spain in the LIFE Rupis area

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2017

Portuguese police establishes the first-ever anti-poisoning dog teams in northern Portugal – soon they will start patrolling the LIFE RUPIS area

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2017

Public consultation on the Draft Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture (EVFAP)

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2017

New poisoning case in the LIFE RUPIS area – fortunately no vultures dead, but a serious reminder that the silent killer is a real threat

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2017

Bringing Egyptian vultures and LIFE RUPIS to the local school children

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Jan

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

Female Egyptian vultures have lower survival and start breeding earlier than males in Central-North Spain

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2017

Egyptian vulture in France in 2016 – a summary: smaller population but average breeding productivity and a good number of young ringed

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2017

An analysis of poisoning cases in the Portuguese side of the Douro canyon

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Jan

2017

135 pairs of Endangered Egyptian vultures in the Douro canyon

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Dec

2016

Egyptian vulture ringed in France observed in Sicily

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Dec

2016

News from Rupis: still in Mali

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Dec

2016

Migration bottlenecks of Balkan Egyptian vultures Neophron percnopterus tracked by satellite telemetry

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Dec

2016

Landscape factors affecting territory occupancy and breeding success of Egyptian Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula: new paper

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Nov

2016

A staggering 750+ Egyptian vultures counted together in Oman last weekend – one of the highest counts ever of this species in the wintering grounds

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Nov

2016

Hello from some urban Egyptian vultures!

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Nov

2016

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

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Oct

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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