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Sunday 20 April 2014

GRIFFON VULTURE (Gyps fulvus) José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre, Doñana National Park, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain

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The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) or Eurasian Griffon is a large Old World bird of prey in family Accipitridae which is in the genus Gyps. It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, North Africa and Asia. Griffon vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. Juveniles and immature individuals may migrate far or embark on long distance movements. Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. 

 Distribution map

Source:  By The Engineer - Own work based on: BlankMap-World-NoAntarctica.png by user Sting, CC BY-SA 3.0,