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Juvenile Egyptian Vulture

Neophron percnopterus


An Endangered species as per IUCN. Seen near the carcass of a cow. The bill is slender and long, and the tip of the upper mandible is hooked. Young birds are blackish or chocolate brown with black and white patches. In India, the decline of this bird has been rapid with a 35% decrease each year since 1999. The exact cause of the decline is not known, but has been linked with the use of the NSAID Diclofenac, which has been known to cause death in Gyps vultures.


Seen at Madhav National Park. The park officials informed me that these birds were quite common in villages around the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh border.


When it joins other vulture species at a dead animal, it tends to stay on the periphery and waits until the larger species to leave. During the beginning of the breeding season, courting pairs soar high together and one or both may make steep spiralling or swooping dives. The birds are monogamous and pair bonds may be maintained for more than one breeding season and the same nest sites may be reused each year. A southern Indian temple was famed for a pair of birds that reputedly visited the temple for "centuries". These birds were ceremonially fed by the temple priests.

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Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Alice.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago


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Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Atul. More info about World Vulture Awareness day at : Good to see Indian Organisations participating to carry out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness.

Atul 11 years ago

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day.......let me start my day on PN by appreciating this lovely Spotting...... beautiful capture Satyen.... thanks for sharing this one !

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Great spotting,

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Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks joanbstanley.

joanbstanley 11 years ago

Good timing. Great capture.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Jeannette, Gerardo and Karen. This is the first time that I had seen Vultures that were sitting. Otherwise, they are just hovering above :-)

KarenL 11 years ago

Great timing Satyen!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Even this guys has a beautiful size !

Jeannette 11 years ago

Wow, great shots and spotting :)

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Shivpuri, India

Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 21, 2012

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