Cinereous Vulture

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Aegypius monachus
Malay Name: Hering Hitam
Chinese Name: 秃鹫

Range:
Large contiguous breeding range across the Himalayas to Mongolia and North-east China. Winters mainly in Northern India and Middle East, small numbers in Korea. Also some disjunct breeding population towards France. Vagrant to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 100-120cm

Identification:
Large, sooty vulture, with hefty bi-coloured bill and wedge-shaped tail. Head has dark down feathers with blueish-grey patches of bare skin. Juveniles have blacker plumage, with bare skin pinkish instead of blueish-grey. Told apart from Himalayan Vulture by darker plumage, larger bill, and presence of dark down feathers on head.

Similar looking species: Himalayan Vulture

Habitat: Hill/mountain forests, scrub, meadows and grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on carrion, likely to hunt mainly by vision.

Local Status: Probable vagrant

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Cinereous Vulture)

References:

Meyburg, B.-U, Christie, D. A., Kirwan, G. M., & Marks, J. S. (2020). Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cinvul1.01

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.