Eurasian Griffon, Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus

(G. f. fulvus)

Armenian Name: Սպիտակագլուխ անգղ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Eurasian Griffon, Griffon Vulture

See Plate 9 for Eurasian Griffon, Griffon Vulture and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:95-105 cm, Wing Span:240-280 cm
Distribution Map: Map 33.
Description: Large vulture with small head, long neck that is tucked into body in flight, broad wings with bulging secondaries and narrower outerwing; short rounded tail.
Adult: Pale grayish head and neck with white collar at base. Pale brown body; pale lines on underwing coverts contrast with dark flight feathers.
Juvenile: Similar to adult but darker above with paler underwing lining.
Similar Species: Differs from Eurasian Black Vulture by pale body and wing coverts contrasting with dark flight feathers.
Behavior: Soars on raised wings at high altitudes, often in small groups. Gathers at carcasses where individuals are highly aggressive toward one another. Dominant over Egyptian Vulture but not Eurasian Black Vulture. Needs running space to take off from flat ground.
Habitat: Mountain cliffs, river gorges, forests, and arid regions. Forages over semideserts, steppe, alpine meadows, and river valleys.
Food: Carrion, especially internal organs and other soft tissues.
Nest: Typically colonial; pile of branches lined with twigs, grass, and rags on cliff ledge or in deep cave.
Eggs: 90 mm, 1-2, white.