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Aegypius monachus

Aegypius monachus
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Huseyin Gursu (Avare) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2005
Categorias: Birds
Câmara: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Data de Submissão: 2006-01-04 18:10
Visto: 3654
Favoritos: 1 [ver]
Pontos: 10
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aegypius
Species: monachus
Binomial name: Aegypius monachus

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the Monk Vulture, the Cinereous Vulture, or just the Black Vulture. It is the only species in the genus Aegypius (Savigny, 1809).

It is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family Cathartidae. It is therefore also unrelated to the American Black Vulture despite the similar name and coloration.

It breeds across southern Europe and Asia from Spain to Japan, but is endangered throughout its European range. It is resident except in those parts of its range where hard winters cause limited movement.

This species breeds in high mountains and large forests, nesting in trees. It has all dark plumage, and even at a distance can be distinguished from Griffon Vulture by its evenly broad "barn door" wings. It has the typical vulture "bald" head, and dark markings around the eye give it a menacing skull like appearance.

The Eurasian Black Vulture is usually larger than Griffon Vulture. Its more powerful bill is better suited to initially opening carcasses, and it takes priority over Griffons at corpses.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-04 21:33]

Hello Huseyin, you have a wonderful shot here of the Eurasian Black Vulture, but I only wish it was a bit lighter so we could see it better. It is an awesome portrait of it, and it stands there so regally. Very well done, Janice

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

This is a nice portrait, but a little work with the "levels" would show more detail. I've done a quick WS on it - hope you approve.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-05 5:20]

I don't know what to say Huseyin...
All I want to do is sit and look...
Amazing! Totally excellent! This photo takes my breath away!
Outstanding and beautiful!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-05 13:16]

Superbe portrait, l'exposition est parfaite et les détails excellents.

Merci Huseyin!


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