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Gyps fulvus


Gyps fulvus
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Copyright: Aleksandar Simovic (asimovic) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (112)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-06 5:00
Viewed: 3035
Points: 0
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The Griffon Vulture or Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

The Griffon Vulture is 93–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 230–269 cm (91–106 in) wingspan, and it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.

It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.

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