The Egyptian vulture is white except for some black and gray flight feathers. The sexes are alike. The young bird in first plumage is brownish-black with fulvous tips to the feathers forming distinct patches of light color on the mantle, back, rump, upper and lower tail coverts. The young bird passes through an almost entire¬ly brownish-black phase during which the lighter colors vanish. After three moultings they become paler, eventually taking on adult's white plumage. The young of this species are often confused with young white-headed vultures and hooded vultures but there is no mistaking the adults with their bright yellow faces.