Gyps - Old World Vultures

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Griffon Vulture


Ruppell's VultureThe Gyps vultures are a genus of Old World vultures in the bird family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks.


Distribution

Representatives of this group are found throughout warmer parts of the Old World. (The Old World includes Africa, Asia, and Europe and surrounding islands).


Description

These are the typical vultures, with bald head, broad wings and mainly dark plumage.

The characteristic featherless head is because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean.


Diet / Feeding

They are large scavenging birds, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals.

Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight.


Cape VultureSpecies

A prehistoric species is known only from fossil remains found in Middle to Late Pleistocene sites all over the central and eastern Mediterranean: Gyps melitensis.


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