French: Vautour moine German: Mönchsgeier Spanish: Buitre negro
Other common names:
Eurasian Black Vulture,
S Palearctic from Iberia and SE France, Balearic Is and Balkans E through Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and possibly SW Kashmir to S Siberia, Mongolia and NE China. Winters S to Middle East, S Pakistan, N India, Nepal and, in very small numbers, E China and Korea.
100–120 cm; male 7000–11,500 g, female 7500–12,500 g; wingspan 250–295 cm. Huge, broad-winged vulture, often slightly wedge-shaped tail; all dark... read more
Little used. Calls include grunts, croaks and hisses when feeding at carcasses, and during breeding... read more
Forested areas in hills and mountains, at 300–1400 m in Spain, but higher in Asia. In Tibet... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on carrion, from medium-sized to large carcasses; only rarely takes live prey, e.g. lizards, snakes and tortoises, and some insects.... read more
Lays Feb–Apr. Tends to congregate in very loose colonies or nuclei; in Spain occupied nests 30 m to 2 km apart; density 1·7... read more
In S Europe adults non-migratory, in C Asia semi-resident, often following nomads and their... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Moderately small population apparently suffering continued decline in Asiatic strongholds, though numbers in... read more
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