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Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture

Gyps rueppelli

Griffon vultures are a species of Old World vulture. They are named after Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer and zoologist.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 101cm
Weight: 6.8 - 9.0kg

habitat

Habitat

Rüppell’s Griffon vultures are found across the dryer parts of Africa. They inhabit open country, deserts and cliffs.

diet

Diet

They are specialist feeders, only eating the flesh and intestines of large mammal carcasses. The cuff of feathers around their neck helps to keep their plumage clean whilst feeding.

behaviour

Breeding

They roost on cliffs in large numbers. 1 white egg is laid and incubated for 50 days. The chick will stay in the nest for at least 3 months.

threat

Conservation

These vultures are seriously threatened in the wild by habitat loss, poisoning and hunting. Numbers are believed to have dropped by up to 97% in just 50 years!

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