Griffon Vulture (Eurasian Griffon) Gyps fulvus

This is the commonest vulture in Mediterranean Europe, but unlikely to be encountered in the UK. A record of two together in Derbyshire in 1927 was the subject of a recent review and found it to be unacceptable so the species has now been removed from the British list. Vagrancy to the UK is certainly a possibility though and there have been a number of recent records elsewhere in north-west Europe, including some large flocks in Belgium and Netherlands. Escaped vultures are occasionally encountered here, including the closely related and fairly similar Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture.

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Griffon Vultures, Lumbier (Navarre, Spain), 18th June 2009

 

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Griffon Vultures, Gabardito (Aragón, Spain), 21st June 2009

 

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Griffon Vultures, Gabardito (Aragón, Spain), 19th May 2013

 

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Griffon Vulture, north of Sástago (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

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Griffon Vultures, west of Mértola (Alentejo, Portugal), 25th April 2006

 

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Griffon Vulture, Hecho Valley (Aragón, Spain), 19th May 2013