Black vulture

Aegypius monachus

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Black vulture - the bird family of Accipitridae. Black vultures - one of the largest birds of prey in the world, they reach a length of up to 95-120 cm, and the wingspan of 2.5-3 meters, weight 7-12 kg. The breeding period between February and September. Since the pair constantly uses one nest with time its dimensions are about 2 meters. Vultures build nests using twigs, strewing them with grass, wool, and branches. In laying usually 1 egg, sometimes 2 eggs. Both parents hatching chicks. In approximately 50-60 days the offspring is born. They spent time in the parental nest to 3 months of age. In 4 months, they make the first flight, and a 6-month, they become completely independent. Life expectancy of black vultures in the wild is an average of 39 years, but centenarians could reach 50 years of age.

  • Feeding

    Black vultures - typical scavengers, they eat the corpses of large mammals, fish and reptiles.

  • Habitat

    Southern Europe, North Africa, Front and Central Asia and the Altai. Birds prefer steppes, meadows and woodland, undeveloped people. It is also a favorite place for black vultures is the lake and the river, the trees that grow on the rock or the edge of a cliff.

  • Interesting fact

    Vultures can eat at one time, without departing from the fall, about five kilograms of meat.Black vulture - book title, in fact the bird is not black, but gray-brown (young birds only in the first year of life blackish).Vultures are monogamous and form pairs for lifetime. Each pair building a nest away from other relatives. The distance between the sockets on the necks may be 300 to 2000 meters.