Old World vulture

PHOTO CAPTION:Nubian Vulture or Lappet-faced Vulture

Old World vultures belong to the family Accipitridae. They are not considered to be related to the superficially similar New World vultures and condors, and do not share that group’s good sense of smell. The similarities between the two groups are due to convergent evolution rather than a close relationship.

Vultures are scavengers and feed mostly from the carcasses of dead animals which they find exclusively by sight.

A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of feathers. This is purely hygienic since a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean.


  • Genus Aegypius
    • Eurasian Black Vulture or Monk Vulture, Aegypius monachus
  • Genus Gypaetus
    • Lämmergeier or Bearded Vulture, Gypaetus barbatus
  • Genus Gypohierax
    • Palm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis
  • Genus Gyps
    • Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
    • Indian White-rumped Vulture, Gyps bengalensis
    • Rüppell’s Vulture, Gyps rueppelli
    • Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus
    • Himalayan Griffon Vulture Gyps himalayensis
    • White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus
    • Cape Griffon, Gyps coprotheres
  • Genus Necrosyrtes
    • Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus
  • Genus Neophron
    • Egyptian Vulture, Neophron percnopterus
  • Genus Sarcogyps
    • Red-headed Vulture, Sarcogyps calvus
  • Genus Torgos
    • Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus
  • Genus Trigonoceps
    • White-headed Vulture, Trigonoceps occipitalis