Cinerous vulture in exhibit

Cinereous Vulture

Scientific Name

Aegypius monachus

Class

Aves

Order

Falconiformes

Range

From northern Africa and Spain to the west through China and Thailand to the east

Habitat

Dry plains, grasslands, and mountainous forests

Estimated Wild Population

31,000
Cinerous vulture in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Near Threatened IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Near Threatened

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Physical Description

Cinereous vultures can stand up to three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to 10 feet across. They have dark brown feathers with a dull blue head, neck, and bill. As scavengers, cinereous vultures feed on carrion, ranging from large mammals to fish and reptiles. They build their nests in trees and on cliffs high above the ground, using sticks and twigs as building materials.

Interesting Fact 1

Scavengers play an important role in their ecosystems: by feeding on dead animals, they recycle nutrients and speed the process of decomposition.

Interesting Fact 2

Their massive beak is well suited for feeding on tough material, such as sinew, dry skin, and muscle.

Interesting Fact 3

The short feathers on their head and neck prevent gore from accumulating during feeding.

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