Cinereous vulture

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Cinereous vulture
Temporal range: Miocene-recent[1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aegypius
A. monachus
Binomial name
Aegypius monachus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Range of A. monachus
  Extant & Reintroduced (resident)

Vultur monachus Linnaeus, 1766

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Aegypius monachus Linnaeus 1766 (cinereous vulture)".
  2. BirdLife International (2021). "Aegypius monachus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T22695231A154915043. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22695231A154915043.en. Retrieved 6 June 2022.