Eurasian Black Vulture, Cinereous Vulture

Aegypius monachus

Armenian Name: Սև անգղ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Eurasian Black Vulture, Cinereous Vulture

See Plate 9 for Eurasian Black Vulture, Cinereous Vulture and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:100-110 cm, Wing Span:250-295 cm
Distribution Map: Map 34.
Description: Huge vulture with massive bill, short ruff of feathers on neck, short bluntly-pointed tail, and long broad even wings with dark underwing coverts.
Adult: Black-brown overall with gray-white head.
Juvenile: Blacker than adult.
Behavior: Soars at high altitudes on level wings. Aggressive and dominant at carcasses, often one individual occurs among other species of vultures.
Habitat: High mountains and river gorges. Prefers sunny areas with sparse vegetation.
Food: Carrion.
Nest: Sometimes colonial; large platform of branches lined with twigs, bark, manure, wool, food remnants, and bones in top of large tree or on cliff ledge.
Eggs: 90 mm, 1, off-white, red-brown blotches and lines.