Griffon vulture


Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus)

Health police on patrol

Griffon vultures spend many hours a day looking for carrion. By soaring through the sky, they only use little energy. After finding carrion, the vulture rips into the belly, pushes his head into the carrion and feeds on the inner organs. Head and neck are only sparsely covered by feathers and thus easy to clean. At the end, only skin and bones of the carrion remain. As a result, vultures prevent spreading of diseases.

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Category: Birds

Size: Beak tail 97 to 104cm; Wingspan 250cm

Breeding duration: 48-54 days

Age: up to 37 years

Sexually mature: up to 4-5 years

Reproduction: 1 egg

food: Carrion

habitat: open, especially mountainous landscapes

Danger: eradicated in Germany, not threatened throughout the distribution area

Breeding program: There is a European Breeding Book (ESB) in which the Görlitz nature conservation zoo participates

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