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Eurasian Black Vulture

Eurasian Black Vulture
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Accipitriformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Aegypius[?]
Species:monachus
Binomial name
Aegypius monachus

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the Monk Vulture and the Cinereous Vulture.

It is a very large bird of prey in the order Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family Cathartidae. It is therefore also unrelated to the American Black Vulture despite the similar name and colouration.

It breeds across southern Europe and Asia from Spain to Japan, but is endangered throughout its European range. It is resident except in those parts of its range where hard winters cause limited movement.

This species breeds in high mountains and large forests, nesting in trees. It has all dark plumage, and even at a distance can be distinguished from Griffon Vulture by its evenly broad “barn door” wings. It has the typical vulture “bald” head, and dark markings around the eye give it a menacing skull like appearance.

The Eurasian Black Vulture is usually larger than Griffon Vulture. Its more powerful bill is better suited to initially opening carcasses, and it takes priority over Griffons at corpses.



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