The Griffon Vulture is a large species of Old World vulture that lives across parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They are also known as Eurasian Griffons.
Like other vulture species, the Griffon Vulture is a scavenger, dining primarily on carrion. They may also prey upon injured or weakened mammals including domestic sheep.
The Griffon Vulture population is relatively stable, with European populations increasing in places like France and Italy, where conservationists are working to re-introduce the species.
Details & Statistics
The Eurasian Griffon is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over 10 years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in 10 years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.