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Griffon Vulture

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae and is resident in mountains throughout southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia. Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France.

Griffons may form loose colonies, and will often move in flocks. Like other vultures it is an expert scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas.

The Griffon is 95-110 cm long with a 230-265 cm wingspan. It is a typical vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and a short tail. Its neck ruff is white and its bill yellow. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.

This vulture grunts and hisses when roosting or feeding on carrion.

Griffon Vulture