Cinereous vulture

one of the two largest old world vultures

The cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the 'black vulture', 'monk vulture', or 'Eurasian black vulture'. It is a member of the family Accipitridae. It is one of the two largest old world vultures.

Cinereous vulture
Aegypius monachus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Class:
Order:
Family:
Subfamily:
Genus:
Aegypius
Binomial name
Aegypius monachus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Aegypius monachus dis.PNG
* Green: Current resident breeding range.
  • Green ?: May still breed.
  • Green R: Re-introduction in progress.
  • Blue: Winter range; rare where hatched blue.
  • Dark grey: Former breeding range.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is only distantly related to the New World vultures, which are in a separate family, Cathartidae, of the same order. It is therefore not directly related to the much smaller American black vulture despite the similar name and coloration.