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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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For the first time in many years, there is some ground for optimism as the population of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria has slightly increased, private bTV stations reports.
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Until 2015, a total of 20 Egyptian vultures have been tagged with satellite transmitters as part of the Life+ project The Return of the Neophron to track migration routes to study migration routes, wintering areas and mortality causes in the first two years of their lives.
According to Dr Hamed al Gheilani, outreach manager of ESO, and Maia Sarrouf Willson, project manager of ESO, this project was started in early 2012 to identify just 12 pairs of Egyptian vultures at their main feeding grounds on Masirah Island.
Muscat: The Egyptian vulture population in Oman is rising, with the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) research having identified an estimated 65 to 80 breeding pairs of Egyptian vultures in Masirah Island since the launch of the Egyptian Vulture Conservation Project in 2012.
A 17th century castle on a sharp hilltop at Kankwari, provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles.
Among birds, for example, Egyptian vultures toss rocks at ostrich eggs until the shells break.

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