Cinereous vulture

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Cinereous vulture
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Aegypiinae
Genus: Aegypius
Binomial name
Aegypius monachus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
  • Green: Current resident breeding range.
  • Green ?: May still breed.
  • Green R: Re-introduction in progress.
  • Blue: Winter range; rare where hatched blue.
  • Dark grey: Former breeding range.

The cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the 'black vulture', 'monk vulture', or 'Eurasian black vulture'. It is a member of the family Accipitridae. It is one of the two largest old world vultures.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is only distantly related to the New World vultures, which are in a separate family, Cathartidae, of the same order. It is therefore not directly related to the much smaller American black vulture despite the similar name and coloration.