This rare bird has a bald yellow head and throat with a white collar, giving it the nickname Pharaoh’s Chicken. Its preferred habitat is mountains and rocky escarpments
Collision with powerlines, hunting, poisoning and lack of food networks.
Where they're found today
They are distributed from southwest Europe and west Africa to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent
Abu Dhabi’s efforts
In Abu Dhabi Emirate, the Egyptian Vulture is only found on Jabal Hafit and EAD regularly monitors this small but important population. Since 2016, EAD has satellite tagged and tracked four birds to further understand their movement and use of area.
When the Egyptian vulture is a juvenile, its legs are grey – but, as an adult, they change to pink.
The Egyptian vulture is a very intelligent bird due to its use of tools. Its known to use stones to break open abandoned eggs
The birds have a highly varied diet, and even feed on the faeces of mammals and hence are truly scavengers