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Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus

Description:

The Griffon Vulture is 93–110 cm long with a 2.3–2.8 m wingspan. In the nominate race the males weigh 6.2 to 10.5 kg and females typically weigh 6.5 to 11.3 kg. Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow 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, often moving in flocks. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion. The maximum lifespan recorded for the Griffon Vulture is 41.4 years, for a specimen in captivity. It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident

Habitat:

This one was photographed in Madrid Zoo

Notes:

This is the normal way to see a griffon vulture, which nowadays is not an uncommon sight. Although In Spain nowadays there are tens of thousands of birds, it was at the brink of extinction around 1980 with just a few thousand individuals. The Pyrenees population has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no carcasses must be left on the fields for the time being. This has critically lowered food availability, and consequently, carrying capacity. Although the Griffon Vulture does not normally attack larger living prey, there are reports of Spanish Griffon Vultures killing weak, young or unhealthy living animals as they do not find enough carrion to eat. spanish name: buitre leonado

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16 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Added to Biodiversidad en España/Spain mission

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Added to Birds of Iberia mission

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thank you Atul, it was just good lucky one in tens of bad ones

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

you have captured the bird very well Arlanda ,complements !!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

It is one of my favourite birds, AshishNimkar, keep watching it because just contemplating the way they fly tells you they are something very special.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

At this I will keep watching this amazing bird... what I did last month... They are really stunning... Welcome Arlanda... Nice work.

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

thanks AshishNimkar

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Stunning shot

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

thanks mystified45

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

thanks Sachin Zaveri

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Well shot arlanda

mystified45
mystified45 8 years ago

Wow . .that is awesome!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks StianWaaler

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Fantastic pictures!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

thanks KarenL

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Great photos!

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 23, 2010
Submitted on Jan 11, 2012

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