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Griffon vulture in the Pyrenees

Griffon vulture seen from the side.

Griffon vulture seen from the side.


The griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) is one of the four species of vultures that can be found in the Pyrenees, along with the lammergeier, the black vulture and the Egyptian vulture. The griffon vulture is the most abundant of them. It can reach a wingspan of more than 2.5m and 10kg in weight. Its strong beak and its head covered only in down, allow it to insert its head into the corpses of animals and tear off portions of meat and guts.


Griffon vulture in circular flight.

Griffon vulture in circular flight.


It is common to see them flying in circles to locate corpses with their precise eyesight. In the Pyrenees their most frequent food is the corpses of mammals such as the chamois, the mouflon, the mountain goat, the deer, the roe deer, the marmot or the wild boar. Cattle remains are also part of their diet, especially in places where there is a supplementary feeding point.


Silhouette in the sky of griffon vulture.

Silhouette in the sky of griffon vulture.


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