Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest.

The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, as has been the case with other vulture species in the region.


Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka in February 2010

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