Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture Bird Identification

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Length: 100 cm. The male and female griffon vulture have like plumage. Markedly long neck, appearing to be pulled back between the wings in flight.
Wingspan: About 240 cm.
Voice: A hissing or croaking sound.
Size of Egg: 82.0—106.0 X 64.0—75.0 mm.

Griffon Vulture Bird’s Habitat

Dry, open, rocky sites on mountain slopes and cliffs, less frequently in lowland regions, is where the griffon vulture makes its home. In Europe, it occurs in Spain, southwestern France, northern Italy, Switzerland and southeastern Europe. It may also be seen in England, Denmark, Finland and central Europe, but these birds are usually young fledglings. By January adult birds have reached the nesting grounds, where the male courts his partner.

Nesting

The nest of sticks and branches, which the bird often tears from trees with his beak, is built on an inaccessible cliff ledge in February or March.

Griffon Vulture Bird’s Breeding

The hollow in which the egg is laid is lined with the hair and skin of mammals. The single egg is usually white, but may sometimes be spotted brown. It is incubated for 48 to 52 days by both partners. The young bird remains in the nest for about 80 days, during which time the parents feed it half-digested food from the crop.

Feed

The diet consists chiefly of carcasses of larger mammals, the vultures first ripping out the entrails, but devouring also the muscular tissue and skin. Sometimes they gorge themselves to the extent that they cannot fly, and must then rest for a number of hours to digest their repast. In case of sudden danger they have to regurgitate the food they have consumed before they are able to fly away. They can also go without food for several days without suffering any harm. The griffon vulture attacks live animals only in rare instances, and then only small creatures.

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