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Griffon Vulture

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Gyps
Species: G. fulvus
Binomial name
Gyps fulvus
(Hablizl, 1783)
Dark Green; areas of all-year round habitation
Dark Green; areas of all-year round habitation

The Griffon Vulture, or Eurasian Griffon Vulture, (Gyps fulvus) is an Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species remaining extant either in the present day or the near future. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... Least Concern (LC) is an IUCN category assigned to extant species or lower taxa which have been evaluated but do not qualify for any other category. ... The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List and Red Data List), created in 1963, is the worlds most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species and can be found here. ... Scientific classification redirects here. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicates Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... For other meanings of bird, see bird (disambiguation). ... Families Accipitridae Pandionidae Falconidae Sagittariidae The order Falconiformes is a group of about 290 species of birds that include the diurnal birds of prey. ... Subfamilies Elaninae Perninae Milvinae Accipitrinae Buteoninae Aegypiinae Circinae Circaetinae The Accipitridae is one of the two main families within the order Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey). ... † see also: Accipitridae The Gyps vultures are a genus of Old World vultures in the bird family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. ... Latin name redirects here. ... Carl Ludwig Hablizl or Hablitz (1752 - 1821), also known as Karl Ivanovich Gablits, was a Russian botanist. ... 1783 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Genera See text. ... Orders Accipitriformes     Cathartidae     Pandionidae     Accipitridae     Sagittariidae Falconiformes     Falconidae A bird of prey or raptor is a bird that hunts its food, especially one that preys on mammals or other birds. ... Subfamilies Elaninae Perninae Milvinae Accipitrinae Buteoninae Aegypiinae Circinae Circaetinae The Accipitridae is one of the two main families within the order Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey). ...


The Griffon Vulture is 95-110 cm (37-43 in) long with a 230-265 cm (91-105 in) wingspan, and it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). It is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and a short tail. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers. For other uses, see Feather (disambiguation). ...


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. Orders Falconiformes (Fam. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... An American Black Vulture feeding on squirrel carrion For other uses, see Carrion (disambiguation). ...


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. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ...

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Status in Europe

  • In Italy, the species survived only in Sardinia, but was re-introduced in a few other areas of the peninsula. As a result, several specimens been spotted again in August 2006 on the Gran Sasso massif (central Italy).
  • A colony of Griffon Vultures can also be found near the town of Beli on the island of Cres in Croatia.
  • In Cyprus, there is a colony at Episkopi, in the south of the island.
  • Colonies of Griffon Vultures can be found in northern Israel, especially in the Golan heights where a large colony breeds at Gamla, and in the Carmel Mountains and the Negev desert, where ongoing reintroduction projects are being carried out at breeding centers in the Carmel and Negev.
  • In Greece, there are nearly 1000 birds. On Crete they can be found on the slopes of Mount Ida.
  • Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France; about 500 animals are now found there.
  • In Belgium and the Netherlands, around 100 birds were present in the summer of 2007. These were vagrants from the Pyrenees population (see below).[1]
  • In Germany, the species died out in the mid-18th century. Some 200 vagrant birds, probably from the Pyrenees, were sighted in 2006[2], and several dozen of the vagrants sighted in Belgium the following year crossed into Germany in search for food[3]. There are plans to reintroduce the species in the Alps.
  • In Switzerland, there is a population of several dozen birds.
  • In Austria, there is a remnant population around Salzburg Zoo, and vagrants from the Balkans are often seen.
  • In Spain, there are tens of thousands of birds, from a low of a few 1000 around 1980.
  • The Pyrenees population has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no carcasses must be left on the fields for the time being. This has critically lowered food availability, and consequently, carrying capacity. Although the Griffon Vulture does not normally attack larger living prey, there are reports of Spanish Griffon Vultures killing weak, young or unhealthy living animals as they do not find enough carrion to eat.[4]

Sardinia (pronounced ; Italian: ; Sardinian: or ) is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily). ... Reintroduction is the deliberate release of animals from captivity into the wild. ... Gran Sasso dItalia is a 30 kilometer massif located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy . ... Location of Cres in Croatia Cres (Italian Cherso, Latin Crepsa) is an Adriatic island in Croatia. ... Episkopi may refer to: Episkopi, Heraklion, a town in the Heraklion prefecture, Greece Episkopi, Lasithi, a town in the Lasithi prefecture, Greece Episkopi, Rethymno, a town in the Rethymno prefecture, Greece Episkopi Bay, a bay of the Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus Category: ... The Golan Heights (‎ Ramat HaGolan, Arabic: Habat al-Å«lān) or Golan is a mountainous area in northeastern Israel[1] on the border of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. ... The remains of the city of Gamala lies on the Golan Hights. ... A view of Mount Carmel in 1894 University of Haifa atop Mount Carmel in 1996 For other uses, see Mount Carmel (disambiguation). ... :For the light machine gun see IMI Negev. ... Reintroduction is the deliberate release of animals from captivity into the wild. ... Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve in south-west Israel is a 4,000 acre breeding center administered by the Israel Nature & National Parks Protection Authority. ... For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... Two sacred mountains are called Mount Ida in Greek mythology, equally named Mount of the Goddess. ... Reintroduction is the deliberate release of animals from captivity into the wild. ... France, viewed from the NASA Shuttle Topography Radar Mission. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Pic de Bugatetin the Néouvielle Natural Reserve Central Pyrenees For the mountains in Victoria, Australia, see Pyrenees (Victoria). ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alp redirects here. ... Balkan redirects here. ... Berlaymont, the Commissions seat The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. ... The Three-Letter Acronym or Abbreviation (TLA) BSE could stand for Bachelor of Science in Engineering Baku Stock Exchange Barbados Stock Exchange Battle Space Entity (military simulations) Black Sun Empire - Dutch drum and bass production trio Bolshaya Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya (Большая Советская Энциклопедия, Great Soviet Encyclopedia) - the most comprehensive encyclopedia ever written in Russian... The equilibrium maximum of the population of an organism is known as the ecosystems carrying capacity for that organism. ...

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References

  • BirdLife International (2004). Gyps fulvus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List and Red Data List), created in 1963, is the worlds most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species and can be found here. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ n-tv.de, 2007-JUN-18: Gänsegeier in Flandern. Retrieved 2007-JUN-20.
  2. ^ Handelsblatt, 2006-JUN-30: Großer Geier-Einflug über Deutschland. Retrieved 2007-JUN-20
  3. ^ n-tv.de, 2006-JUN-22: Gänsegeier in Deutschland. Retrieved 2007-JUN-25
  4. ^ New Scientist, 2007-JUN-01: Starving vultures switch to live prey. Retrieved 2007-JUN-20.

n-tv is a German television news channel owned by the RTL Group. ... The Handelsblatt is the leading German commercial economy newspaper published by the Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt in Düsseldorf, a subsidiary of Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. ... New Scientist is a weekly international science magazine covering recent developments in science and technology for a general English-speaking audience. ...

External links

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Griffon Vulture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (160 words)
The Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks.
Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France.
Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas.
Himalayan Griffon Vulture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (168 words)
The Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Gyps himalayensis, is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks.
Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals, which it finds by soaring over open areas and mountains.
The Himalayan Griffon Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald white head, very broad wings, and a short tail.
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