Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus

About the Griffon Vulture

The Griffon Vulture or Eurasian Griffon Vulture is a large bulky vulture resident from Southern Europe across to South-West Asia. It is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and dark bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas. At each feeding it will gorge itself, eating as much as possible as fast as possible and can consume upto 5kg of carrion. Griffon Vultures nests in the hollows of rocks, on cliff ledges or in caves, usually in colonies. A single egg is incubated for upto 54 days. The female will rarely leave the nest until her young has taken flight at between 110-115 days. The male vulture provides food for all of them.


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