Zoo Animals

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.

The cinereous vulture’s head is bare and buffy in color with a blackish throat and dark markings around the eye, giving it a menacing, skull-like appearance. Its powerful bill is gray, and the band around its beak is pale blue. The plumage is dark brown with a fluffy ruff and bluish neck. Its 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.