Cinereous Vulture

Scientific name: Aegypius monachus
Mongolian name: Нөмрөг Тас
Order: Accipitriformes
Bird family: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)
Conservation status: NT


Key information

The cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) is a large raptorial bird that is distributed through much of Eurasia. It is also known as the black vulture, monk vulture, or Eurasian black vulture. It is a member of the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers

Length: 1.2 m long (almost 4 ft)

Wingspan: 3.1 m (a bit over 10 ft) across the wings

Weight: 14 kg, (roughly 30 lbs)

Population: 15600-21000 individuals

Habitat: This vulture is a bird of hilly, mountainous areas, especially favoring dry semi-open habitats such as meadows at high altitudes over much of the range. Nesting usually occurs near the tree line in the mountains. They are always associated with undisturbed, remote areas with limited human disturbance.