Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture - Gyps fulvus Protection of Griffon Vulture on island Cres

The Griffon Vulture is an Old World vulture. He was the symbol of royalty in ancient Egypt, Rome and Mesopotamia, and it is still common in Tibet to give parts of the deceased persons body to the griffon vulture to take its soul to the heaven, as a part of traditional heaven funeral.

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is one of the biggest birds with a 2,70 m wingspan, 1 m long, it weighs between 10 - 13 kg and has a 50 years life span. Griffons are very social, living and nesting in colonies their pair for life.  They build nests of grass and twigs on cliff ledges where both parents tend the egg.
They feed with killed animals and never attack live pray. At the moments of fear or stress they start to vomit or lay on the ground pretending to be dead. The griffon is extinct in much of its former range.

Thanks to the Caput Insulae center from Beli on island Cres in 1993 programme for protection of Griffon Vultures was established.

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