Egyptian Vulture


Hindi name: Safed giddha

Egyptian vulture is also called as white scavenger vulture or pharaoh’s chicken. It inhabits Southern Europe, Asia as well as Northern Africa. Egyptian vulture is categorized under Endangered species under IUCN red list.

How does the bird appear…

It has white plumage except for the black flight feathers. Neck feathers are long and hackled. Facial skin is bare up to throat and is yellow. In breeding males colour of face turns deep orange. Bill is long, narrow and hooked. Legs are pinkish in adult while grey in juveniles. Young birds are blackish or chocolate brown with black and white patches.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits plains, mountains, wetlands, uplands, savannas and semi-deserts. It is also found near human settlements.


It is a scavenger bird and feeds on carrion but also feeds on small mammals, bird, eggs of other birds, reptiles, mammal farces etc.

Breeding & Nesting

Egyptian vulture is monogamous and spring is its breeding season. Nest is untidy, platform like structure. Incubation is done by both parents in turn.

Interesting fact

Egyptian vulture is observed to use pebbles as tool, for breaking large eggs.



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