Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) – a rare bird of prey in Kazakhstan that occupies a narrow trophic niche, feeding on carrion. As of 2015, estimated abundance of the species in Kazakhstan was 200–260 breeding pairs.
Medium sized raptor. All plumage is white (yellow in some places, mainly on the head and neck), primaries are black. A large wedge-shaped tail and a bare “face” covered with yellow skin are also characteristic. Juveniles are brown. The transition from brown to adult plumage occurs gradually over several years (Birds.kz).
Breeds on Mangyshlak, in Karatau, Talas and Kirghiz Alatau, in Chu-Ili mountains and xerophytic spurs of Trans-Ili and Dzhungar Alatau (possibly up to Alakol). Here it is also found on migration. Occasionally flies into the western, central and eastern regions of the republic (Birds.kz).
- Habitat loss;
- Illegal catch and trade;
- Death from an electric shock on overhead power lines (OPL) with a capacity of 6-10 kV.