Egyptian Vulture

Neophron percnopterus

(N. p. percnopterus)

Armenian Name: Գիշանգղ
Egyptian Vulture

See Plate 9 for Egyptian Vulture and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:60-70 cm, Wing Span:155-180 cm
Distribution Map: Map 32.
Description: Thin bill, broad wings, and bluntly-pointed tail.
Adult: Bare yellow face and yellowish bill with dark tip. Mostly white; white underwing coverts contrast with black flight feathers.
Juvenile: Brown overall with paler face and bill.
Immature: Shows progressive increase in white plumage over 4-5 years.
Similar Species: Juvenile differs from Lammergeier by much smaller size.
Behavior: Flight consists of quick wingbeats followed by lengthy gliding and soaring. Small numbers gather at carrion; often seen with Black Kites at refuse piles.
Habitat: Cliff formations along deep gorges, river valleys, and lowlands, often near wetlands.
Food: Carrion, garbage, eggs, and small animals.
Nest: Pile of branches, grass, and rags on cliff ledge or shallow cave.
Eggs: 64 mm, 1-3, white, brown blotches.