Egyptian Vulture

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Egyptian Vulture


(Neophron percnopterus), a vulture of the family Accipitridae of the order Falconiformes. The Egyptian vulture is about 70 cm long and weighs as much as 2.4 kg. The bill, unlike those of other vultures, is long and thin. The forehead and throat are bare. The plumage is white, and in immature birds, brown. The flight feathers are black.

The Egyptian vulture is found in southern Europe, southwestern Asia, and Africa. In the USSR it is distributed in Moldavia, the Crimea (rare), the Caucasus, and Middle Asia. It nests on cliffs and low barren mountains; in some areas it frequents human habitation, nesting on buildings. A clutch usually contains two eggs. Both the male and female incubate the eggs; the incubation period is about 40 days. The Egyptian vulture is a useful scavenger, feeding primarily on carrion, refuse, and feces.

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