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.

 

VCF position paper on incidents between Griffon Vultures and live livestock
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Jul

2020

A win-win collaboration between livestock breeders and vultures in Kompsatos valley (Greece)

(c) WWF Greece
(c) WWF Greece
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Jul

2020

Vulture Research Update: November 2019 - June 2020

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Jun

2020

How GPS technology is key to securing the future of vultures

Cinereous Vulture with a GPS transmitter © Franziska Lörcher
Cinereous Vulture with a GPS transmitter © Franziska Lörcher
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Jun

2020

Conservation status of Griffon Vultures in Armenia

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Jun

2020

Poaching in northwestern Italy: Griffon Vulture shot and left in critical condition

Griffon Vulture once it arrived at the recovery centre (c) CANC
Griffon Vulture once it arrived at the recovery centre (c) CANC
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2020

Three active Griffon Vulture nests confirmed in Cyprus

AAJ is a member of one of the breeding pairs in Cyprus © Louis Phipps / VCF
AAJ is a member of one of the breeding pairs in Cyprus © Louis Phipps / VCF
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08

Jun

2020

Tackling illegal wildlife poisoning to preserve the remaining Griffon Vulture population in Greece

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05

Jun

2020

How do vultures contribute to our environment?

Griffon Vultures and Cinereous Vultures (c) Pilar Oliva
Griffon Vultures and Cinereous Vultures (c) Pilar Oliva
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May

2020

Many chicks hatched this year again in Bulgaria's only indigenous Griffon Vulture population

Griffon Vulture in the Rhodope Mountains (c) Bogdan Boev
Griffon Vulture in the Rhodope Mountains (c) Bogdan Boev
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May

2020

Electrocuted in Turkey: Vultures and other soaring birds under threat

Polya died from electrocution in Turkey (c) Süleyman Atil
Polya died from electrocution in Turkey (c) Süleyman Atil
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May

2020

Introducing a schematic sampling protocol for raptor biomonitoring to harmonize procedures across Europe

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May

2020

Watch: Griffon Vulture dad feeding his one-month-old chick at the Green Balkans' Centre

Belcho feeding his chick (c) Green Balkans
Belcho feeding his chick (c) Green Balkans
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May

2020

Watch vulture videos and nest cams to feel closer to our feathered friends

Griffon Vultures and Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Griffon Vultures and Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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May

2020

Are vultures really becoming livestock predators? Shedding some light on negative misconceptions and false accusations – new paper

Griffon Vultures (c) Gianluca Damiani
Griffon Vultures (c) Gianluca Damiani
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Apr

2020

Lords of the Rhodopean Skies — a new online wildlife photography exhibition available for a limited time

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Apr

2020

The website of our latest LIFE project in Cyprus, LIFE with Vultures, is now available for the public!

Griffon Vulture flying near Episkopi Cliffs (c) Oliver Burton
Griffon Vulture flying near Episkopi Cliffs (c) Oliver Burton
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Apr

2020

Research review: new article demonstrates the value of research for effective vulture conservation

Cinereous Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Cinereous Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Apr

2020

Why, when, where? Rigorous investigation answers important questions about illegal wildlife poisoning in Serbia

Poisoned Marsh Harriers (c) Boštjan Deberšek
Poisoned Marsh Harriers (c) Boštjan Deberšek
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Apr

2020

Earth Day 2020: Why it is more important than ever to preserve our nature and vultures

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Apr

2020

Animal carcasses — from a problem to a conservation opportunity

Griffon Vultures at a feeding site (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Griffon Vultures at a feeding site (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Apr

2020

Watch: Griffon Vulture chick hatching in Green Balkans' Centre for the second time in history!

The parents looking after the newly hatched chick (c) Green Balkans
The parents looking after the newly hatched chick (c) Green Balkans
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2020

The actions against illegal wildlife poisoning in Croatia

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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2020

Latest newsletter of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group

Egyptian and Griffon Vulture (c) Atanas Delchev
Egyptian and Griffon Vulture (c) Atanas Delchev
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06

Apr

2020

How are the released Griffon Vultures doing in Sardinia?

Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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02

Apr

2020

Vulture Island Trilogy: Celebrating vultures through storytelling

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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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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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Mar

2020

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

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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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Mar

2020

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

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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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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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Mar

2020

Griffon Vulture with transmitter found dead in the Eastern Rhodopes

(c) Nikolay Terziev/ BSPP
(c) Nikolay Terziev/ BSPP
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Feb

2020

The VCF at the CoP13 of the Convention for Migratory Species

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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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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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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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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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Feb

2020

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

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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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Feb

2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Feb

2020

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

The chick by the pair K74 and T49, at 84 days old
The chick by the pair K74 and T49, at 84 days old
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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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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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Jan

2020

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

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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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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

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Jan

2020

Weak Griffon Vulture rescued in the Var (France)

© Marine Steinmann
© Marine Steinmann
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Jan

2020

Necropsy performed on two Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria

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Jan

2020

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

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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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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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Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation – 2019 Overview

(c) Bruno Berthemy
(c) Bruno Berthemy
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Dec

2019

Griffon Vulture Conservation - 2019 Overview

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Dec

2019

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

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Dec

2019

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

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Dec

2019

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

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Dec

2019

Griffon Vulture Census results in the Balkans

(c) Georgi Kurtev
(c) Georgi Kurtev
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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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Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation Foundation Film - Together for Vultures

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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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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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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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Nov

2019

A happy ending for two juvenile Griffon Vultures in North Macedonia

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Oct

2019

Vulture Research Update: October 2019

Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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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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Oct

2019

Providing lead-free ammunition to tackle lead poisoning in Croatia

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22

Oct

2019

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

(c) AAPNA
(c) AAPNA
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Oct

2019

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

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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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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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Oct

2019

An overview of the European Vulture Conference

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Oct

2019

Day 2 of the European Vulture Conference

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Oct

2019

Day 1 of the European Vulture Conference

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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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Sep

2019

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

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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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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

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Aug

2019

Together we can save vultures

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Aug

2019

International cooperation returned Griffon Vulture Dobrila home

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

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Aug

2019

Announcing the Scientific Programme of the European Vulture Conference

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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