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Eurasian Griffon
( Gyps fulvus )

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The Griffon vulture is 110 cm {43 inches) in size, which makes it rather a large scavenger. In Europe it is spread only in Spain. In Asia it can be found in its eastern parts and in Africa in the northwest. It over-winters in eastern and western parts of Africa. Its habitat is situated in mountains. The nest is made of sticks and usually placed on rocks.

Their body is very aerodynamic enabling them to airborne for a long time. They also use hot air to airborne for a longer period of time. The head with neck are whitish. There have a brown stripe going through the eyes. The chest and belly are pale brown, the wings are dark brown. Legs and feet are grey. The males and the females look alike. The young have darker brown coloration and brown neck collar. The difference between Gyps fulvus and Gyps africanus (African white-backed vulture) is that Gyps fulvus is larger and have paler plumage coloration. Their eyesight is extraordinary.

These vultures tend to live in colonies. The colonies can be made of as many as 150 pairs. The vultures breed after reaching the age of four years. They have one white egg with reddish-brown markings. They begin to fly quite late. They generally feed on carrion, often found among other rubbish.

Eurasian Griffon ( Gyps fulvus )

Eurasian Griffon ( Gyps fulvus )

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