The Egyptian Vulture nests in limestone cliffs and hunts in open scrubland (“garrigue”) and farmland. It is the smallest vulture in Europe with a wingspan of 160 to 170 cm. It is migratory, spending the winter in Africa (Sahel), arriving in France in mid-March to breed and leaving again at the beginning of September. Essentially a scavenger, it feeds on carcasses of small wild or domestic mammals and birds but also on faeces…
The Egyptian Vulture population has declined sharply in the PACA region, especiallyin the Alpilles, which were formerly the national “sanctuary.
March to August
> Disturbance of nesting sites (limestone cliffs)
> Changing farming practices (less carrion, deficient food chain)
> Power lines (electrocution and collision with power lines)