Egyptian vulture

species of bird

The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a small Old World vulture. It is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to southern Asia. It is the only living member of the genus Neophron, and there are three subspecies. In Southern Asia this species is called the scavenger vulture.

Egyptian vulture
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Adult in worn or "painted" plumage
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Neophron percnopterus
Neophron percnopterus

When they feed on the eggs of other birds, they break larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them. The use of tools is rare in birds, but Egyptian vultures also use twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest.[1]


  1. Baxter, R. M.; Urban, E. K.; Brown, L. H (1969). "A Nineteenth-century reference to the use of tools by the Egyptian vulture". Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society and National Museum. 27 (3): 231–232.