The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large bird of prey, a raptor, and an accipiter in the Accipitridae family. It is also known as the Eurasian Griffon Vulture. It is related to the White-Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus).
The Griffion Vulture has a white head and a white neck with ruff feathers. It has broad dark wings and short tail feathers. It has a whitish beak.
It measures 93-122 centimetres (37-48 inches) tall with a 230-280 centimetre (90-110 inches).
The Griffon Vulture is native to Europe and Asia, from Spain in the west to northern India in the east.
It is a scavenger, feeding on the carrion (meat) of carcasses (dead bodies) of animals.
The Griffon Vulture is seen in flocks.
It nests in cliffs. The nest is made of sticks. The female lays one egg. Both parents sit on the egg until it is hatched, after 4-6 weeks. The chick is born altricial, which means that it is featherless at birth. It gains all of its feathers after 85-90 days after hatching.
The Griffon Vulture lives, on average, for 40 years.
Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM