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Egyptian Vulture
Neophron percnopterus

Map of the common names

Small (L 60 cm), black and white vulture, with long and pointed tail. The species forages over open areas wher it feeds mainly on carcasses of small and medium animals, and avoids dense woods or scrubs. The Egyptian Vulture nests in cliffs or crags. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Egyptian Vulture is a very rare European species. The EU breeding population is not over 1,800 pairs. The direct persecution of the Egyptian Vulture through hunting and poisoning has been the main reason for its decline in Europe. Furthermore, the illegal hunting of birds on migration continues at some places. Disturbances at nesting sites is other problem for the birds.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
1,600 / 1,700 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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