Keoladeo National Park- Egyptian Vultures

Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 160

The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh’s chicken is found from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa  to India. Egyptian vulture was worshiped by pharaohs in Egypt because of its ability to remove garbage and remaining of dead animals. For this reason, Egyptian vulture is  known as Pharaoh’s Chicken too.

Adult Egyptian Vulture
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/7, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 220

Please click here to check my earlier post on Keoladeo National Park located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Photos are taken with a Nikon D850 camera fitted with a Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Egyptian Vulture, Juvenile
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 160

Adults are mainly dirty white, with bare yellowish face and black flight feathers. Juveniles are blackish-brown with bare grey faces. With maturity, tail, body and wings become whiter and face yellower.

Egyptian Vulture, Adults & Juveniles
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/7, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 400
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/7, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 400
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/7, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 400


Egyptian Vultures are scavengers, mainly feeding off carrion, but they also prey on small mammals and eggs. Due to its relatively small size, it needs to wait until other scavengers (such as the larger vultures, hyenas, and lions) finish their meal before it may start feeding. Its head and beak are well fitted for this situation. As with other vultures, it is believed that the bare skin prevents food from sticking to it.

That is all for today. Please click on an image to enjoy a larger view.

Adult Egyptian Vulture
Nikon D850 + Nikon 200-500mm at 500mm, f/7, 1/1000s, Manual Exposure, ISO 400

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