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Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus

Falconiformes - Accipitridae - Hawks, eagles & Old world vultures

Eurasian Griffon Vulture - Adult

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Eurasian Griffon Vulture - AdultEurasian Griffon Vulture - Chick

Distribution: NW Africa and Iberian Peninsula, East through Balkans, Turkey, Middle East, Arabia and Iran.

Habitat: Open areas, mountains, plateaux, steppe and semi-desert.

Diet: Carrion - medium and large mammals. Feeds mainly on muscles and viscera.

Breeding: Colonial nesters. Nest on crag or cliff. Nest made up of small platform of branches.

Clutch size: One egg incubated by both adults.

Incubation: 50 58 days.

Rearing: The young are fed by both sexes.

Fledge age: 110 - 130 days.

Maturity: From 4 years.


Protocol from The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens

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Protocol established 2000
Used on ? individuals
Success rate 90.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1994). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol2. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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