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Griffon Vulture
Gyps fulvus

Map of the common names

The Griffon Vulture immediately betrays itself by its size (L 100 cm) and characteristic pale colours, contrasting with dark colours of wings and tail. The species normally breeds colonially on cliffs (rarely in trees) mainly in mountainous regions. They inhabit a wide variety of open areas with few or no trees, where they feeds mainly in carrion. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Giffon Vulture's European population is currently recovering in recent years. The important population in Spain almost doubled between 1979 and 1989. The eradication of the use of poison and the maintenance and promotion of non-intensive livestock systems are necessary to ensure a widespread recovery.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
about 9,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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