GRIFFON

Gyps fulvus

  • Common name:
    GRIFFON

    Scientific name:
    Gyps fulvus

    Class:
    Aves

    Order:
    Accipitriformes

    Family:
    Accipitridae

    Provenance:
    Southern Europe – Eastern Mediterranean Sea – Western Asia

    Diet:
    carrion

    Habitat:
    mountain zones with wide grasslands

    Reproduction:
    spawn: 1 – Incubation: about 50 days

  • It is one of the biggest european flying animal.

    Its length spans from 95 to 100 cm, it can weight up to 11 kg and has a wingspan between 2.4 and 2.8 meters. It has a brown-tawny plumage, head and neck with a short plumage to ease the act of entering the carcasses of which it uses to feed. Around the base of the neck there is a small collar of feathers, the wings are quite wide with flight feathers widely engraved, typical of a good sailor.

    While flying, the neck is kept retracted. It can fly for hundreds of kilometers without flapping its wings and can arrive up to 6000 meters of altitude only exploiting upwards lifts. Griffons live in numerous colonies in rugged mountain areas, including coastal cliffs, often close to grasslands for the greater availability of food. The youngsters stay in the nest for 110-120 days.