Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus)

Common name in other languages:

Dutch Vale Grier; German Gansegeier; French Vautour Fauve; Spanish Buitre Leonado; Portuguese Grifo; Swedish Gasgam

Size: 95-110 cm

Weight: 6-11 kg

Wingspan: 240-280 cm

Life expectancy: up to 37 years in captivity

 

Features: The Griffon vulture is sand-coloured to dark brown, with a white head, neck and ruff. The primary- and tail feathers are dark brown to black. Young birds have a brown ruff and are darker in colour. The wings are long and wide and are resemble fingers.

 

Distribution: Following a decline in the 20th century by poisoning, hunting and decreasing of food supplies, in recent year the species has increased dramatically in some areas, particularly in Spain, the French Pyrenees and Portugal. In Europe, the breeding population is between 19.000 and 21.000 pairs, with around 17.500 pairs in Spain and approximately 600 in France.

 

Behaviour: The Griffon vulture feeds mainly on the softer parts of carcasses, such as the muscles and viscera. Because of it’s long neck, this species can reach far into the carcass without snagging. Griffon vultures are very social in comparison to other vulture species. They forage in groups and breed in colonies on steep cliffs.

 

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2017

Newsletter of the LIFE Re Vultures project is out!

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2017

The 2017 Alpine summering griffon vulture census is coming – 19th August

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2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – more griffon vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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2017

Have you ever seen a pig flying? And a griffon swimming?

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2017

Der Falke special edition on vultures now available to order

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2017

Griffon vultures are breeding again in Cyprus and recolonised area not used for years

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2017

Barcelona Zoo sent 3 captive-bred griffons for the vulture reintroduction project in Bulgaria

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2017

What have Jana and Tempestosa, the two griffons tagged in Sardinia, been up to?

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2017

Poisoning incident in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria) gets even bigger – a total of 18 griffon vultures now confirmed dead

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Mar

2017

Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna George, Bulgaria, deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

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2017

Griffons in peril in Cyprus – only 21 birds left and no breeding in the last two years

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2017

LIFE RE-Vultures - news from the Rhodopes at the project annual meeting

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2017

25 griffon Vultures from Extremadura (Spain) on the way to Sardinia (Italy)

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2017

Jana and Tempestosa: Two griffon vultures released in Sardinia within LIFE Grifone

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2017

Griffon vultures and livestock activities – the French national action plan to decrease potential problems is now available for public consultation

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2017

Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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2017

The number of griffon vultures breeding and roosting in Eastern Rhodopes continues to increase

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2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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Dec

2016

Griffon tagged and released in Sardinia under the Life Under the project Griffon Wings project

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Nov

2016

The incredible story of the griffon trapped inside a horse carcass

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Nov

2016

Vultures galore at the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Workshop held in Extremadura – and some great conclusions too!

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Oct

2016

Key vulture workshop to be held next week in Monfrague (Spain) - to develop the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan

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2016

Griffons in northern Denmark – including a Spanish one!

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2016

Griffon born in captivity in Holland and released in Bulgaria seen in… Poland!

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2016

Carbofuran named as the poison killer of griffon vultures in Cyprus

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2016

The griffon vulture that likes the Netherlands

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2016

Vultures killed – probably poisoned – in Cyprus. This incident is a blow to the efforts to recover the endangered island population of griffon vultures

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2016

New project for the conservation of black and griffon vultures in the Rhodope mountains (Bulgaria-Greece) launched

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2016

A rare case of cooperation in the Middle-East: Griffon vulture returned from Lebanon to Israel

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2016

First results of the census of summering griffons in the Alps - at least 1700 birds present

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2016

Restoring vulture populations in the Balkans – from griffon vultures to black vultures…

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Dec

2015

The highlights of the VCF year

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Dec

2015

The 16 species of Old World Vultures in a sensible evolutionary order - drawing by Katja Wolfram

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Dec

2015

Another massive poisoning of vultures in Africa – this time in Senegal, where there were no previous reports of widespread poisoning

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2015

Griffon folklore – where did 2 young griffons born in captivity and released in the eastern Alps end up?

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2015

Iran bans veterinary diclofenac – in the meanwhile, the EU drags its feet and continues to threaten Europe’s vultures – sign the petition!

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2015

More black and griffon vultures die near the Avila waste treatment centre (Spain)

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Oct

2015

Genetics explain why vultures are such good scavengers: new paper

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2015

One man´s passion for Spanish griffons - and the diclofenac threat pending over them - video

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Sep

2015

The story of IFP – or how vulture conservation is really a transnational affair

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Sep

2015

The VCF was present in the meeting on Mediterranean Raptors held recently in Italy

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2015

One more griffon vulture shot in Lebanon – the Middle East continues to be a sink for vultures and other soaring birds

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Sep

2015

Today it is the International Vulture Awareness Day, and VCF has a message - Ban killer drug diclofenac or Europe’s vultures may face extinction!

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2015

Spreading the word – vultures are beautiful, necessary and endangered! International Vulture Awareness Day, 5th September

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2015

Help spread awareness on vultures – share your vulture pictures with National Geographic!

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Aug

2015

The first baby Griffon Vulture born in the Balkan Mountains for almost a century baptized as Michel – a deserved celebration of one of VCF´s mentors

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2015

New paper discusses supplementary feeding programs for European vultures, and makes recommendations for the management of vulture feeding sites

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2015

Call for volunteers for the 2015 Alpine summering griffon vulture census – 22 August 2015

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2015

Griffon with tongue protruding from the neck observed in France

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2015

Poison and lead are the main cause of vulture deaths in the French Pyrenees

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