Cinerous Vulture

Cinereous vulture

Aegypius monachus

At the Detroit Zoo
The cinereous vultures can be found year-round in the habitat just west of the guanacos.

Description
Cinereous vultures’ heads are bare and buffy in color with blackish throats and dark markings around their eyes, giving them menacing, skull-like appearances. Their powerful bills are gray, and the band around their beaks are pale blue. The plumage are dark brown with a fluffy ruff and bluish neck. Their wings are long and broad with parallel edges.

Fun Facts

  • Cinereous vultures will stalk and threaten other animals by walking with their wings drooped and tail feathers straight up in the air.