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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Sep

2017

And there goes Rupis!

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Sep

2017

Apollo made its way to Tunisia!

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Sep

2017

Migration time - Egyptian vultures on the move!

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Sep

2017

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

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Sep

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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Aug

2017

And there goes Douro!

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Aug

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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Jul

2017

EU visits the LIFE Rupis project

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Jul

2017

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

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Jul

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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Wed

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Apr

2017

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

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2017

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

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2017

Egyptian vulture Rupis is home!

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2017

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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Apr

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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2017

A visitor from Spain in the LIFE Rupis area

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Mar

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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Feb

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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Jan

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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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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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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2016

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

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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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2016

Hello from some urban Egyptian vultures!

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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

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

Rupis is wintering in Mali – very close to Tizón!

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2016

Captive-bred Egyptian vulture Elodie makes it to Africa after Regina and Lom tragically drown in the Med

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Oct

2016

Rupis crossed the Sahara – he is now in Mauritania!

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2016

All together for the Egyptian vulture in the Douro valley

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2016

Egyptian vultures are starting to hatch in Douro

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2016

Three supplementary feeding sites targeting the Egyptian vulture reactivated in the Douro

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May

2016

Tizón is back in Europe!

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2016

LIFE RUPIS website now online

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2016

New paper suggests that nest guarding and supplementary feeding failed to increase productivity and survival of Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans

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2016

Captive breeding of Egyptian vultures – results from 2015

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Apr

2016

The VCF visited Bulgaria

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2016

Egyptian vultures eluded us at the Douro

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2016

MORTALITY CAUSES FOR THE EGYPTIAN VULTURE (NEOPHRON PERCNOPTERUS) IN BULGARIA AND GREECE (1997-2015)

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2016

The Egyptian vulture in France: 88 pairs, but a very bad breeding year

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2016

Egyptian vultures increasing in Catalonia

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2016

One more wintering Egyptian vulture caught and tagged in Extremadura

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2016

The Egyptian vulture Tizón is spending its second summer in Mauritania

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2016

Egyptian vulture research and monitoring in Oman

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Jan

2016

Effectiveness of the canine units in the fight against poison in Greece – report

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Dec

2015

The highlights of the VCF year

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Dec

2015

After Fresnedosa and Jara last winter – four more overwintering Egyptian vultures captured and tagged yesterday in Extremadura (Spain)

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2015

The 16 species of Old World Vultures in a sensible evolutionary order - drawing by Katja Wolfram

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2015

The Egyptian vulture Tizón is back to Mali

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Nov

2015

Iran bans veterinary diclofenac – in the meanwhile, the EU drags its feet and continues to threaten Europe’s vultures – sign the petition!

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Oct

2015

Wildlife disease and intoxication with heavy metals and toxic compounds from agriculture/veterinarian practices do not seem to be a significant threat to the Eg

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2015

Genetics explain why vultures are such good scavengers: new paper

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2015

The Egyptian vulture in Algeria

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2015

New hope for the Egyptian vulture in the Douro canyon (Portugal-Spain)

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2015

Mixed news from the captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Italy – Aneta drowned in the Med, while Tobia is now in Algeria, and Carmen and Karel prepare to

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Sep

2015

And he made it to Libya - Tobia the Egyptian vulture had already survived a night in Malta, now he landed in Misurata

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2015

Tobia the Egyptian vulture made it to Malta – and survived the ordeal, after having been guarded all night long by conservationists and the police!

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2015

The VCF was present in the meeting on Mediterranean Raptors held recently in Italy

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2015

Sara made it to the winter grounds – she is in Niger!

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2015

Egyptian Vultures wintering in Extremadura (Spain): a summary

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2015

Sara made it to Libya!

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2015

Agata drowns in the Mediterranean while Sara has crossed the Messina strait to Sicily – in the meantime 4 other captive bred Egyptian vultures were released in

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Sep

2015

New paper published on the role of supplementary feeding on the conservation of Egyptian vultures in France

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Sep

2015

Today it is the International Vulture Awareness Day, and VCF has a message - Ban killer drug diclofenac or Europe’s vultures may face extinction!

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2015

Spreading the word – vultures are beautiful, necessary and endangered! International Vulture Awareness Day, 5th September

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2015

Help spread awareness on vultures – share your vulture pictures with National Geographic!

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Aug

2015

News on the two captive bred Egyptian vultures released last week in Italy

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2015

Two captive bred Egyptian vultures released in Italy

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Aug

2015

Egyptian Vultures found breeding in Niger

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2015

New paper discusses supplementary feeding programs for European vultures, and makes recommendations for the management of vulture feeding sites

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2015

Another Egyptian vulture poisoned in Greece

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2015

Tizón is spending its first summer in Mauritania

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2015

Poison and lead are the main cause of vulture deaths in the French Pyrenees

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2015

Captive breeding in the Egyptian vulture – a relevant conservation tool for future reintroduction or restocking projects?

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Jul

2015

Declaration from the workshop to develop a flyway action plan for the Egyptian vulture populations in the Balkans, Turkey, Central Asia & the Caucasus published

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