Egyptian Vulture

Neophron percnopterus (Linnaeus, 1758) EGYVU 2470
Family: Accipitriformes > Accipitridae

Egyptian Vulture, John Harding

A small bird of prey – the adult plumage plumage black and white, the juvenile dark. The Egyptian Vulture's breeding range extends from Western Sahara and Spain east to Northern India and Nepal. This is an extremely rare visitor to the UK.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
43 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
43 records


43 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
43 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution. Recently an individual arrived on the Scilly Isles and presumably the same bird was seen in various locations in Ireland.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Egyptian Vulture, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Fwltur yr Aifft
Catalan: aufrany comú
Czech: sup mrchožravý
Danish: Ådselgrib
Dutch: Aasgier
Estonian: raipekotkas
Finnish: pikkukorppikotka
French: Percnoptère d’Égypte
German: Schmutzgeier
Hungarian: dögkeselyu
Icelandic: Skarngammur
Italian: Capovaccaio
Latvian: baltais grifs, Egiptes grifs
Lithuanian: egiptinis maitgrifis
Norwegian: Åtselgribb
Polish: scierwnik
Portuguese: britango
Slovak: zdochlinár biely
Slovenian: egiptovski jastreb
Spanish: Alimoche común
Swedish: smutsgam

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