Adult Egyptian vulture perched on the rib cage of a carcass. Rajasthan, India. The population of Egyptian vultures decreased dramatically in recent years and is now endangered. This decline in numbers is largely due to poisoning when they unknowingly feed on carcasses that are full of harmful chemicals and lead.
About the Egyptian vulture:
The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a small Old World vulture, also known as the white scavenger vulture or the pharaoh’s chicken. They are widely distributed throughout their range and can be seen from Southwest Europe, across North Africa to India. An Egyptian vultures diet mainly consists of carrion but they are opportunistic predators and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles. They have also been observed feeding on the eggs of other birds, even breaking larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them! The use of tools is an uncommon trait in birds
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