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.

 

Thu

02

Apr

2020

Vulture Island Trilogy: Celebrating vultures through storytelling

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Wed

01

Apr

2020

Two Griffon Vultures from Rhodope Mountains embark on a long trip to Saudi Arabia

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Bogdan Boev
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Bogdan Boev
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Sun

29

Mar

2020

Research review: New study illustrates how larger vulture species and older individuals are most dominant when competing at carcasses

Cinereous and Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous and Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Thu

19

Mar

2020

Life, vultures and COVID19 – we live in a brand-new world

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Thu

19

Mar

2020

GPS tracking of Griffon Vultures helps prepare a better future for scavenger birds in the Côa Valley

Griffon Vultures (c) Juan Carlos Munoz/Rewilding Europe
Griffon Vultures (c) Juan Carlos Munoz/Rewilding Europe
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Mon

16

Mar

2020

Griffon Vultures in Messolonghi, Greece, tagged with GPS transmitters to track their movements and help tackle wildlife poisoning

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Sun

15

Mar

2020

IUCN's Vulture Specialist Group position on the role of vultures in disease transmission

Bearded Vulture (c) AmandaGuercio
Bearded Vulture (c) AmandaGuercio
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Sat

14

Mar

2020

Research review: A review of secondary pentobarbital poisoning in scavenging wildlife, companion animals and captive carnivores

Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

07

Mar

2020

Griffon Vulture with transmitter found dead in the Eastern Rhodopes

(c) Nikolay Terziev/ BSPP
(c) Nikolay Terziev/ BSPP
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Wed

26

Feb

2020

The VCF at the CoP13 of the Convention for Migratory Species

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Tue

25

Feb

2020

The Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes reached nearly 100 pairs

Griffon Vultures © Plamen Dobrev
Griffon Vultures © Plamen Dobrev
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Mon

24

Feb

2020

Vulture winter wonderland in the ‘Sinite Kamani’ Nature Park

Vulture aviary (c) Green Balkans
Vulture aviary (c) Green Balkans
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Fri

21

Feb

2020

Research review: New study demonstrates that human-modified landscapes increase mortality risk for Griffon Vultures

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
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Thu

20

Feb

2020

Vulture MsAP Strategic Implementation Plan Launched

African White-backed Vulture (c) Andre Botha
African White-backed Vulture (c) Andre Botha
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Tue

18

Feb

2020

Griffon Vulture pair laid a second egg in Green Balkans' centre!

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Sat

15

Feb

2020

Recent wildlife poisoning in Croatia left many animal casualties

The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
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Fri

14

Feb

2020

Mass poisoning causes a heavy blow to the largest colony of Griffon Vultures in mainland Greece

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Wed

12

Feb

2020

More fallow deer released in the Eastern Rhodopes to help improve the natural food availability for vultures

(c) Stefan Avramov
(c) Stefan Avramov
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Tue

11

Feb

2020

Results from the first Griffon Vulture census of the decade in Cyprus

The rescued Griffon Vulture Nepheli was observed roaming the skies during the census (c) Eleni Karatzia/VCF
The rescued Griffon Vulture Nepheli was observed roaming the skies during the census (c) Eleni Karatzia/VCF
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Mon

10

Feb

2020

The fascinating travels of the young Griffon Vulture T89

Griffon Vulture T89 ins flight (c) HOS/BirdLife Greece
Griffon Vulture T89 ins flight (c) HOS/BirdLife Greece
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Thu

06

Feb

2020

The Griffon Vultures at the Green Balkans' Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre were given the chance to lay a second egg

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Tue

04

Feb

2020

Griffon Vultures colonised Mallorca and joined the resident Cinereous Vultures – a novel project now studies the consequences of this phenomenon

Griffon Vultures and Cinereous Vultures feeding in Mallorca (c) Manuel de la Riva
Griffon Vultures and Cinereous Vultures feeding in Mallorca (c) Manuel de la Riva
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Sat

01

Feb

2020

Live nest cameras: a peek inside the lives of three Griffon Vulture breeding pairs in Israel

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Fri

31

Jan

2020

An unlikely pairing: Rüppell's Vulture breeding with Griffon Vulture in Spain

An adult Rüppell's Vulture carries nesting material to a Griffon Vulture breeding colony, Malaga, January 2020 (c) Noel Hohental
An adult Rüppell's Vulture carries nesting material to a Griffon Vulture breeding colony, Malaga, January 2020 (c) Noel Hohental
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Thu

30

Jan

2020

Attracting Cinereous Vulture pairs in Kotel Mountain

Cinereous Vultures at Kotel Mountain (c) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
Cinereous Vultures at Kotel Mountain (c) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
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Wed

22

Jan

2020

Brilliant photograph of an encounter between Bearded Vulture Carmen and Griffon Vulture in Barronies

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Tue

21

Jan

2020

Prison, fine and hunting disqualification for a hunter who poisoned four vultures in Spain

Dead Griffon Vulture/illustrative (c) Jovan Andevski/ VCF
Dead Griffon Vulture/illustrative (c) Jovan Andevski/ VCF
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Mon

20

Jan

2020

Griffon Vulture pair lays the first clutch of the year in Sardinia

First Griffon Vulture clutch of 2020 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
First Griffon Vulture clutch of 2020 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Thu

16

Jan

2020

Weak Griffon Vulture rescued in the Var (France)

© Marine Steinmann
© Marine Steinmann
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Tue

14

Jan

2020

Necropsy performed on two Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria

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Fri

10

Jan

2020

Competition: Win a GPS tag - suitable for Griffon or Cinereous Vultures

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Wed

08

Jan

2020

Gulper, ripper and scrapper: anatomy of the neck in three species of vultures

Griffon Vulture & Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy, Hooded Vulture (c) Janette BM
Griffon Vulture & Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy, Hooded Vulture (c) Janette BM
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Tue

07

Jan

2020

Five feeding sites built in the Greek part of Rhodope Mountains as part of LIFE Re-Vultures

After 9 months of operation, 10 Griffon Vultures, 5 Cinereous Vultures and Egyptian Vulture pair have been recorded.
After 9 months of operation, 10 Griffon Vultures, 5 Cinereous Vultures and Egyptian Vulture pair have been recorded.
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Mon

30

Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation – 2019 Overview

(c) Bruno Berthemy
(c) Bruno Berthemy
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Thu

26

Dec

2019

Griffon Vulture Conservation - 2019 Overview

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Mon

23

Dec

2019

Der Falke special issue on vultures: Biology - Threats - Conservation

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Fri

13

Dec

2019

Wildlife-human conflict in Greece: wolves, vultures and actions

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Wed

11

Dec

2019

LIFE with Vultures: a targeted effort to save the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus

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Tue

10

Dec

2019

Griffon Vulture Census results in the Balkans

(c) Georgi Kurtev
(c) Georgi Kurtev
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Wed

04

Dec

2019

Bulgaria is about to adopt a national strategy to combat illegal wildlife poisoning

(c) Dimitar Gradinarov
(c) Dimitar Gradinarov
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Tue

03

Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation Foundation Film - Together for Vultures

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Wed

27

Nov

2019

A Rüppell's Vulture paid a visit to a LIFE Rupis feeding station in Portugal

Ruppell's Vulture (individual in the foreground) (c) Palombar
Ruppell's Vulture (individual in the foreground) (c) Palombar
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Wed

13

Nov

2019

The Griffon Vulture roosting sites census in the Balkans approaches

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Rewilding Europe/Bogdan Boev
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Rewilding Europe/Bogdan Boev
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Thu

07

Nov

2019

First confirmed sighting of a Rüppell's Vulture in Italy

Ruppell's Vulture sighted in Sicily (c) Michele Ungaro
Ruppell's Vulture sighted in Sicily (c) Michele Ungaro
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Wed

06

Nov

2019

A happy ending for two juvenile Griffon Vultures in North Macedonia

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Thu

31

Oct

2019

Vulture Research Update: October 2019

Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

29

Oct

2019

How many vultures are there in the Alps?

Griffon Vultures in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Wed

23

Oct

2019

Providing lead-free ammunition to tackle lead poisoning in Croatia

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Tue

22

Oct

2019

A train hits and kills 15 vultures in Monzón (Spain)

(c) AAPNA
(c) AAPNA
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Mon

21

Oct

2019

Vulture experts to the rescue: trying to save a Griffon Vulture during a field trip of the EVC

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Wed

16

Oct

2019

Rescued Griffon Vulture in Cyprus: rehabilitated and ready for release

The young Griffon Vulture in the aviary (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
The young Griffon Vulture in the aviary (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Fri

11

Oct

2019

Tackling the threat of electrocution in the Eastern Rhodopes to protect vultures

(c) Atanas Delchev/BSPB
(c) Atanas Delchev/BSPB
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Mon

07

Oct

2019

An overview of the European Vulture Conference

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Wed

02

Oct

2019

Day 2 of the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

01

Oct

2019

Day 1 of the European Vulture Conference

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Thu

26

Sep

2019

Dr Orr Spiegel will share his insights on vulture foraging movements during his keynote presentation at the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

24

Sep

2019

The European Vulture Conference is a week away - what to expect

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Fri

13

Sep

2019

Stranded young Griffon Vulture rescued at Episkopi Bay (Cyprus)

Stranded Griffon Vulture at Episkopi (c) BirdLife Cyprus
Stranded Griffon Vulture at Episkopi (c) BirdLife Cyprus
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Thu

12

Sep

2019

Dr François Sarrazin will give a keynote presentation on the restoration and conservation of scavenger populations during the European Vulture Conference

Cinereous and Griffon vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous and Griffon vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

07

Sep

2019

Get to know Europe's vultures - key facts and conservation

Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

03

Sep

2019

Record of Griffon Vultures breeding in the Eastern Alps

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
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Tue

27

Aug

2019

Together we can save vultures

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Fri

23

Aug

2019

International cooperation returned Griffon Vulture Dobrila home

Dobrila (c) Zoran Karic
Dobrila (c) Zoran Karic
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Sat

17

Aug

2019

New feeding station in Serbia aims to improve food opportunities for vultures

Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
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Thu

01

Aug

2019

Announcing the Scientific Programme of the European Vulture Conference

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Thu

25

Jul

2019

Let's be clear, objective and factual: Vultures do not normally kill cattle and are very useful for the livestock breeder

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

23

Jul

2019

Five Griffon Vultures tagged in Western Iberia to reveal feeding behaviour

Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

20

Jul

2019

4 Vultures - Photography Contest

Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

16

Jul

2019

Restoring natural feeding scenarios for Cinereous Vultures in Spain

Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

12

Jul

2019

Griffon Vulture Kvarner enjoys his freedom and adventures once again

Kvarner enjoying his freedom after the release (c) Mario Romano
Kvarner enjoying his freedom after the release (c) Mario Romano
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Tue

09

Jul

2019

LIFE RE-Vultures can now track the movements of two more juvenile Griffon Vultures

Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
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Thu

04

Jul

2019

First recorded fatality from lead poisoning for Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria

The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
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Tue

02

Jul

2019

Thirteen more Griffon Vultures are freed in Sardinia

One of the released Griffon Vultures (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
One of the released Griffon Vultures (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Thu

27

Jun

2019

Keynote Speaker, Dr Olivier Duriez, will discuss the flight and foraging decision making in Griffon Vultures at the European Vulture Conference

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Wed

19

Jun

2019

Latest victims of irresponsible human activities

The dead Cinereous vulture (c) Colectivo Azálvaro
The dead Cinereous vulture (c) Colectivo Azálvaro
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Tue

18

Jun

2019

Securing the future of vultures in Israel

Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
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Mon

17

Jun

2019

Griffon Vulture pays a rare visit to Romania

The Griffon Vulture in Dumitresti village
The Griffon Vulture in Dumitresti village
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Wed

05

Jun

2019

How do vultures contribute to our environment?

Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

04

Jun

2019

Vulture Research Update: May 2019

Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Mon

03

Jun

2019

Griffon Vulture Kupala rescued and released twice

Griffon Vulture Kupala (c) L. Gerlinde Hillebrand
Griffon Vulture Kupala (c) L. Gerlinde Hillebrand
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Fri

31

May

2019

Griffon Vulture conservation actions in Sardinia attracted Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Sat

25

May

2019

Harshest wildlife poisoning penalty in Spain's history

Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
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Thu

23

May

2019

Griffon Vulture in Corsica falls victim to severe lead poisoning

X-ray showing two bullets and an ingested unknown metallic item (c) Cerba Vet
X-ray showing two bullets and an ingested unknown metallic item (c) Cerba Vet
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Mon

20

May

2019

Fantastic breeding results for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Eastern Rhodope Mountains

Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
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Fri

17

May

2019

Mass poisoning nearly wipes out Griffon Vulture population in Golan Heights

Eight Griffon Vultures found poisoned in the Golan Heights (c) Dudu Pils/Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Eight Griffon Vultures found poisoned in the Golan Heights (c) Dudu Pils/Israel Nature and Parks Authority
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Wed

08

May

2019

The Annual Alpine Griffon Vulture count taking place on Saturday 17 August

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Thu

18

Apr

2019

Another Griffon Vulture detained as a 'spy' in the Middle East

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Tue

09

Apr

2019

The adventures of Croatian Griffon Vulture Kvarner continues

Griffon Vulture Kvarner caught in flight during their travels in Italy (c) JU PRIRODA
Griffon Vulture Kvarner caught in flight during their travels in Italy (c) JU PRIRODA
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Thu

14

Mar

2019

New report highlights the continued threat of illegal killing to vultures in Albania

Griffon Vulture in north Albania trapped and kept as a pet (c) Albanian Ornithological Society
Griffon Vulture in north Albania trapped and kept as a pet (c) Albanian Ornithological Society
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Tue

12

Mar

2019

Record number of breeding pairs of Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria

A nesting pair of Griffon Vultures at the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, Bulgaria (c) Green Balkans
A nesting pair of Griffon Vultures at the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, Bulgaria (c) Green Balkans
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Wed

06

Mar

2019

Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge continue to make a comeback

One of the tagged Griffon Vultures at Kresna Gorge  (c) Hristo Peshev
One of the tagged Griffon Vultures at Kresna Gorge (c) Hristo Peshev
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Thu

21

Feb

2019

Europe’s Griffon Vultures begin the egg laying in the 2019 breeding season

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Tue

05

Feb

2019

Griffon Vultures are on their way to Sardinia from Spain as part of the final transport to restock the threatened population on the island

One of the Griffon Vultures at the wildlife recovery centre managed by AMUS
One of the Griffon Vultures at the wildlife recovery centre managed by AMUS
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Tue

29

Jan

2019

A 2018 Survey of Griffon Vultures in Andalucía reveals the population continues to grow across the region

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Sat

26

Jan

2019

The adventures of Bulgarian Griffon Vulture Kaya in the Middle East continues 

Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
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Thu

20

Dec

2018

11 more Griffon Vultures released in Sardinia helping boost the population

Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia on 11 December 2018 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia on 11 December 2018 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Mon

17

Dec

2018

Griffon Vulture shot in Montenegro: vultures continue to be persecuted

Griffon vulture Perun (c) Beli Visitor Centre and Griffon Vulture Rescue Centre
Griffon vulture Perun (c) Beli Visitor Centre and Griffon Vulture Rescue Centre
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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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