Egyptian Vulture: everything you need to know about this species

The Egyptian vulture , is an ancient bird of the old world, famous for its characteristics and its feeding, is a bird that lives in North Africa and rotates its journey through Europe, is very peculiar and independent.

Egyptian Vulture

The vulture, is not seen by many and keeps flying in most cases is seen alone or in burrows of other species of the same family, throughout the planet you can see these birds in different parts but most die by different chemicals that are applied in the environment, it is very unfortunate news, since no bird should die before its stipulated time of life.

They are brightly colored and sometimes dull colors, all this will depend on the sex of the vulture, which we will explain later, these birds are not very common and are not observed anywhere, in turn when they are observed is very difficult to get to hunt without hurting them, because they are fast and are always attentive to any predator or hunter.

Their skills are excellent, because they have a very good vision, or rather eagle eye, as eagles and birds are characterized by being fast and with excellent vision.

But it is very important to preserve them so that they can consolidate and continue to be one of the oldest birds, for this we must stop using so many chemicals, as these birds die from air pollution and long before reaching adulthood.

To learn more about the Egyptian vulture, let’s find out a little about its diet, its eggs, and other aspects of importance for learning about this interesting bird.

Characteristics of the Egyptian Vulture

The characteristics of this bird are very peculiar because the color of these birds is different for each age, but nevertheless the general characteristics of these birds are as follows the head and legs of Egyptian vultures is yellow, the body is white its wings are white but have some colored spots at the ends of the same gray and sometimes black, the tail of the vultures is white and is characterized by being wide.

These birds are very peculiar and their colors are very beautiful, because white is a color of purity and pleasant.

Actually these birds when they are adults and sexually mature are the same color, but when they are small their color is very different, because their plumage has not yet received its true color, but when they are baby vultures, and these birds become adults for a really long time compared to other species.

Beak of the Egyptian Vulture.

And is that these birds become adults after 5 years of age, although it is a long time and for this age they are mature and independent birds is there where they get to fly alone and be most of the time is constant solitude.

Complete body of the Egyptian Vulture.

The color of the babies is an amber color, it is clear that this bird is adapting to their real colors during their time of growth, they do not have to become adults to have their characteristic colors, they can spend a year or a year and a half and already have their real colors.

The measures of the vultures are 85 centimeters, and the average weight is 2 kilograms, they are characterized by flying alone.

Nest of the vulture eggs

Vultures are very good parents and are also responsible for making nests for their young, they themselves make their nests with hair or hair, usually using materials that they collect with their beaks, unlike other species of vultures that collect things or objects with their fingers and feet.

They normally use wool, bones and other similar materials for the construction of their egg nests.

Egyptian vultures feeding

Ostrich eggs.

These birds have no problem with food, as they feed on different animals and even domestic waste most landfills are full of garbage and these birds can be found there and feed on that waste.

But beyond the waste these birds or Egyptian vultures eat animals and mostly the waste left by others, i.e. the meats that are lined in the bones of dead animals.

These birds are a bit murderous because they destroy the ostrich eggs, since this shell is thick and difficult to break, but the vultures manage to break it and eat the egg.

Vulture breaking the ostrich egg.

Distribution and Habitat

The Egyptian vulture, is distributed in different parts of the planet earth, most of them travel, they are migratory birds, since in winter time they can not develop, they travel to other countries and take advantage for reproduction, for this reason the vultures are scattered in different parts of the world.

During the winter season in Africa, they travel and return in September after having raised two chicks, making it clear that not all of these birds return to their homes, because of different threats they lose their lives.

It is estimated that the number of Egyptian Vultures is approximately 30,000 to 40,000 birds worldwide, or in the different countries where they live.

Within the population of these birds we have that in Europe there are approximately 3,500 or a little more, which are spread throughout Spain and other countries of this continent, but to be more specific between 1320 and 1425 birds of this species live in Spain one of the countries of Europe with more birds of the same.

They are found, from Europe, India, to the South and includes part of the African continent, Arabia, or the Indian subcontinent, these places share the stay of the Egyptian Vulture, a bird of great travels.

Gestation time

Their gestation period is during the months of March and April, and by the same time they create their nests.

Threat

The Egyptian vultures are in danger of extinction, due to different factors that are related to different factors, the first of them is the environmental pollution caused by humans, through deforestation, tree felling, burning and other pollutants of the environment, destroying the habitat of these birds, and in turn they lose their lives.

Another of the main causes, which has been the most affectionate for the destruction and death of the Egyptian vulture are the chemicals that are used in industries of reproduction of meat of cows, because when these animals get sick they use chemicals such as diclofenac, this is an anti-inflammatory, which despite being useful to the cows threaten the existence of these birds.

The smell and direct and indirect contact with this chemical, kill the vultures and is a regrettable fact, fortunately there are countries like India where they have banned the use of these chemical agents, to prevent