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Eurasian griffon vulture

Gyps fulvus
Conservation Status IUCN
Least Concern

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    Animal Class
    Aves, Accipitriformes
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    Shrubland, rocky inland cliffs and mountains, grassland and semi-desert.
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    Carnivore that Scavenges for its food. Their diest consits of carrion. They will typically feed on medium to large-sized mammal carcasses.
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    Conservation Status
    Least conern – Global populaton is increasing
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    900,000 mature individuals

  • Introduction

    The Eurasian griffon Vulture is a large sized vulture that has a cream ring around its neck. Their plumage is mainly pale brown, with dark flight feathers on the wings and tail.

    Eurasian griffon vultures are often seen soaring in thermals as they search for food. They are a vocal bird and have multiple calls when interacting with others.

    Although they will search for food alone, they will congregate at carcasses and roost with others.

    Size: The Eurasian Griffon Vulture is among the largest of the vulture species. Their weight ranges from 6 to 11kg and their wingspan can reach almost 3 meters.

  • Threats/ Conservation

    Least Concern

    The Eurasian griffon vulture is not considered to be globally threatened as it has an extremely large range. Despite some local population declines the global population seems to be increasing. *
    Although their populations are doing well, some local populations are at threat from indirect poisoning and persecution.

    *IUCN 2021

  • Habitat

    The Eurasian griffon vulture has an extremely large range, extending from Europe, the Middle East, to North Africa. The most widespread population occurs in Spain, which supports over three-quarters of the total European population.

    The Eurasian griffon occurs in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, inland cliffs and mountains, grassland and semi-desert.

  • Fun Facts

    Eurasian Griffon vultures are scavengers, carrying out an important role in the ecosystem. By eating rotting meat, they help to prevent the growth of pests and disease ensuring the ecosystem stays healthy.

    They will form monogamous pairs and will build nests on cliffs and rocky areas. The female lays 1 egg and both parents will take turns to incubate it.

    The parents will feed young chicks through the regurgitation of food.