Dec 01 2013

Pharoah’s Chicken

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Birds of Prey

Pharoah's Chicken, Egyptian vulture (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

During this turkey weekend I found a bird called Pharoah's Chicken, though he isn't a chicken at all.

This large bird of prey is an Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) whose nickname refers to his use as a symbol of Egyptian royalty.

He lives in Europe, Asia and Africa but he no longer lives well.  Sadly he's endangered, having declined by 50% in Europe in only 20 years (1980-2001) and drastically in India where there's a vulture crisis caused by livestock antibiotics that are poisonous to the vultures.

This bird posed nicely for a photograph in a zoo in Spain.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

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  1. Robon 01 Dec 2013 at 9:34 am

    I heard all about the diclofenac mess in India at a program at the Aviary years ago. The woman who did the program was a falconer from the UK (now in North Carolina) who was involved in the vulture recovery programs in India. Really well done. I even got to surprise her when she was doing a slide show about her birds when I knew what her Harris Hawks were.

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