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Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)

Belgium.

Mechelen (Muizen)

 

PLANCKENDAEL ANIMAL PARK, the MOVIE

 

The park started as a secondary garden to Antwerp Zoo, where sick or injured animals were kept to recover.

Nowadays it's a fully functional animal park in its own right.

The park can be reached by road (front entrance) or by boat (rear entrance).

 

The Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the Black Vulture, Monk Vulture, or Eurasian Black Vulture. It is a member of the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. It is one of the two largest old world vultures.

 

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is only distantly related to the New World vultures, which are in a separate family, Cathartidae, of the same order. It is therefore not directly related to the much smaller American Black Vulture despite the similar name and coloration.

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Taken on August 10, 2012