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.

 

Mon

10

Dec

2018

Two young griffon vultures released back into the wild in Sardinia

Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Tue

27

Nov

2018

The 24th Meeting of the French Vulture Network

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Thu

22

Nov

2018

New research review reveals the extent of lead contamination in wild vultures.

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Tue

20

Nov

2018

Griffon vultures Arda and Kaya take a remarkable jounrey south from the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

(c) BSPB
(c) BSPB
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Tue

06

Nov

2018

Working to save vultures in the Balearics

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Mon

22

Oct

2018

Results from the 2018 griffon vulture Alpine census - 1873 birds counted

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Sat

20

Oct

2018

22 year old Griffon vulture visits supplementary feeding station in Portugal

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Mon

15

Oct

2018

Understanding and tackling the electrocution and collision threats to vultures - Andalusia seminar

Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
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Fri

12

Oct

2018

The extraordinary 170km flight of Griffon vulture Kvarner

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Tue

09

Oct

2018

Population of griffon vultures increases in Sardinia - read all about it in the latest LIFE Under Griffon Wings newsletter

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Mon

08

Oct

2018

Dead Griffon vulture emphasises the need for proper site selection of wind farms in Thrace, Greece

The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
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Fri

28

Sep

2018

POISON KILLS! A new LPO publication helping to fight illegal wildlife poisoning in the French Pyrenees

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Fri

21

Sep

2018

12 more griffon vultures released in Sardinia to boost the local population

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Tue

11

Sep

2018

Vultures at risk from changes to regulations in Spain’s Asturias region

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Fri

07

Sep

2018

A great breeding season for Balkan Griffon vultures

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Sat

01

Sep

2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Fri

31

Aug

2018

LIFE Re-Vultures - Conserving Griffon and Cinereous vultures in the Balkans

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Mon

27

Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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Sat

25

Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Mon

20

Aug

2018

New study reveals the impact of illegal poisoning in Greece

Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
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Thu

16

Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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Tue

14

Aug

2018

The amazing wanderings of Griffon vulture F75

Griffon vulture in the skies over the  Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
Griffon vulture in the skies over the Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
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Wed

01

Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Wed

18

Jul

2018

Griffon vulture star in new children’s book The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods. 

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Mon

16

Jul

2018

Landmark Day for Croatian Griffon Vulture Conservation

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Sat

14

Jul

2018

Date Set for Annual Griffon Vulture Count in the Alps

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Fri

29

Jun

2018

Griffon vultures caught feeding at night for first time

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Sat

23

Jun

2018

Griffon vulture Malvasia flies free again

three Griffon vultures being released from crates with people looking on
Griffon vultures released at Monte Minerva, Sardinia
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Mon

18

Jun

2018

Griffon vulture released in Bulgaria spotted soaring above the French Alps

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Sat

09

Jun

2018

Croatia is preparing National Action Plan for the Griffon Vulture towards implementing the Vulture MsAP

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Tue

05

Jun

2018

The silent killer strikes again – at least 3 Griffon vultures found poisoned in Greece

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Sat

02

Jun

2018

Success from the Rehabilitation Centre for Griffon Vultures in Croatia

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Wed

16

May

2018

Fighting illegal poisoning of vultures in the Balkans - setting a baseline for anti-poisoning work in Albania

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Thu

03

May

2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Tue

01

May

2018

What are the released griffons in Sardinia up to? One of them went to visit the other side of the island – all maps are now on-line

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Sat

21

Apr

2018

Banning Diclofenac in Portugal – light at the end of the tunnel?

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Mon

16

Apr

2018

On the road in Bulgaria tonight

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Mon

16

Apr

2018

14 griffons successful released in Sardinia to restock the threatened local population

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Sat

07

Apr

2018

One griffon possibly down in Saudi Arabia - while another is held hostage in Iraq

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Mon

26

Mar

2018

New children's book features a Griffon vulture as one of the main characters

Illustration by Emily Chan Moore from the book "The Servants of the Gods" by Judy Brulo
Illustration by Emily Chan Moore from the book "The Servants of the Gods" by Judy Brulo
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Sat

13

Jan

2018

Two griffons born in Amsterdam zoo transported to Sardinia to restock the wild population

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Wed

10

Jan

2018

Why do foraging Spanish vultures stop at the border with Portugal? Because of different sanitary policies!

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Sat

06

Jan

2018

Rehabilitated griffons returned to the wild in southern Portugal

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Thu

04

Jan

2018

10 year old Spanish griffon vulture found dead in Bulgaria

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Wed

03

Jan

2018

The VCF top stories for 2017

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Wed

20

Dec

2017

Another 22 griffon vultures sent from Spain for reintroduction in Bulgaria

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Tue

05

Dec

2017

One less griffon vulture in Cyprus – only 20 left on the island

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Mon

04

Dec

2017

The (happy?) tale of a griffon vulture in Sudan

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Griffon vultures die electrocuted in the Italian Eastern Alps

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Mon

27

Nov

2017

Anti-poisoning dog unit from LIFE Grifone key to first ever judicial prosecution of a large-scale poisoning incident in Sardinia

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Sat

25

Nov

2017

Last chance to see the spectacular documentary on our LIFE GYPCONNECT on ARTE

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Wed

22

Nov

2017

The "silent killer" decimates vultures in the heart of Europe - at least 15 griffons poisoned in the mountains of Granada

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Wed

15

Nov

2017

Census of roosting griffon vultures in the Balkans – 25th November 2017

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Wed

18

Oct

2017

Great perspectives for vultures in France – 23ème Rencontre du Groupe Vautours

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Sat

07

Oct

2017

Griffon vultures shot in Armenia – parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East continues to be a sink for vultures and other soaring birds

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Thu

05

Oct

2017

LIFE killed by poison in Sardinia

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

An update on griffon vultures in Croatia – 100+ breeding pairs

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Wed

13

Sep

2017

All together for vultures in Extremadura (Spain)

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Sat

09

Sep

2017

360 griffons at Lago di Cornino – a new record for Italy

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Mon

04

Sep

2017

Almost 2500 griffon vultures counted summering in the western Alps in 2017 – an increase of 40% on previous years

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 6 – vet diclofenac - did you know…?

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 5 – European vultures - did you know…?

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 1 - Griffon vulture – did you know…?

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Fri

04

Aug

2017

Griffon breeding colony in Portugal significantly affected by major fire

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Thu

03

Aug

2017

Spanish court confirms that an electricity utility should pay a fine of 26,000€ for the electrocution of vultures

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Thu

27

Jul

2017

A survey of attitudes towards vulture conservation in the Bulgarian Rodopi regions

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Mon

24

Jul

2017

Griffon vultures tagged in Lago di Cornino (Italy) – follow their movements in our home page

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Sun

16

Jul

2017

Newsletter of the LIFE Re Vultures project is out!

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Sat

15

Jul

2017

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

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Wed

12

Jul

2017

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

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Sun

02

Jul

2017

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

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Sat

24

Jun

2017

Der Falke special edition on vultures now available to order

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Fri

23

Jun

2017

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

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Thu

22

Jun

2017

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

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Mon

12

Jun

2017

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

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Sat

08

Apr

2017

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

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Thu

30

Mar

2017

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

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

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

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Sun

19

Mar

2017

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

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Thu

16

Mar

2017

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

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Sun

12

Mar

2017

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

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Tue

28

Feb

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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Wed

15

Feb

2017

Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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Wed

11

Jan

2017

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

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Fri

06

Jan

2017

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

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Sun

18

Dec

2016

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

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Tue

22

Nov

2016

The incredible story of the griffon trapped inside a horse carcass

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Fri

04

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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Fri

21

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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Tue

28

Jun

2016

Griffons in northern Denmark – including a Spanish one!

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Wed

15

Jun

2016

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

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Tue

07

Jun

2016

Carbofuran named as the poison killer of griffon vultures in Cyprus

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Sat

04

Jun

2016

The griffon vulture that likes the Netherlands

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Sun

06

Mar

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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Mon

22

Feb

2016

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

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Sat

30

Jan

2016

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

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Tue

12

Jan

2016

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

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Sun

10

Jan

2016

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

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Wed

30

Dec

2015

The highlights of the VCF year

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Sat

19

Dec

2015

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

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