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(syn. Neophron Ϯ Egyptian Vulture N. percnopterus ) L. percnopterus  vulture  < Gr. περκνοπτερος perknopteros  vulture (cf. specific name Vultur percnopterus Linnaeus, 1758); "Nasal orifices placed longitudinally.   28. SARCORAMPHUS.  Condor.  Neck bare of feathers.  Cere carunculated.   29. PERCNOPTERUS.  Neck covered with feathers" (Fleming 1822).   Var. Perenopterus, Perinopterus.


● L. percnopterus  vulture  < Gr. περκνοπτερος perknopteros  vulture  < περκνος perknos  dusky; -πτερος -pteros  -winged  < πτερον pteron  wing; "40. VULTUR.  ...  Perenopterus.  6. V. remigibus nigris margine exteriore (præter extimas) canis.  Perenopterus s. Gypaëtos. Aldr. orn. t. 2. c. 10. Raj. av. 8.  Falco montanus ægyptiacus. Hasselqv. act. Stockh. 1751. p. 196.  Vultur, Percnopterus, capite nudo, gula plumosa. Hasselq. itin. 209.  Vultur  niger. Raj. av. 9.  Vultur bæticus. Raj. av. 10.  Vultur albus. Raj. av. 10.  Vultur aquilina. Aldr. orn. Alb. av. 2. p. 3. t. 3.  Vultur fulvus, bætico bellonii congener. Raj. av. 10. Habitat in Ægypto.  Mas totus albus: Remigibus atris margine exteriore canis, exceptis duabus primis unicoloribus: Femina tota fusca: Remigibus quatuor extimis concoloribus. Rostrum atrum cera flava. Hasselqv. Nares perpetuo stillant. RajPurgat Cairi terram a cadaverum fœtore, stipendiis allectus. Hasselq." (Linnaeus 1758); “The specific name of the Egyptian Vulture was spelt perenopterus, not percnopterus, by Linnaeus. This is obviously a misprint, as he quotes from Aldrovandus and Ray, both of whom spelled the word percnopterus” (BOU 1915). This epithet is the sixth name and fourth autochthonym in avian nomenclature (Neophron).
● Gr. περκνος perknos  dark; -πτερος -pteros  -winged (syn. Gyps fulvus, syn. Xenoctistes rufosuperciliatus).


L. sub  near to; specific name Vultur percnopterus Linnaeus, 1758 (syn. Neophron percnopterus).