Day 202: Egyptian Vulture
An endangered Old World vulture found from India into Europe and Northern Africa, the Egyptian Vulture is featured in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics as the vowel sound of A. Populations that live in temperate regions, migrate south for winter, while most other populations remain sedentary.
They are carrion eaters, but because of their habit of ingesting the faeces of mammals, they were despised by British colonists in India. Despite this, they were a symbol of royalty to the Egyptian Pharaohs, and became so common in Egypt that they were known as the pharaoh’s chickens.