Eurasian Griffon

About the Eurasian Griffon

Also known as: Common Griffon, White-headed Griffon Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Griffon Vulture, European Griffon

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 August 2012
Scientific Name
Gyps fulvus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. fulvus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
37 to 48 inches
90 to 110.4 inches
160 to 480 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 西域兀赞
Czech (Cesky) sup bělohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Gåsegrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Vale Gier
Finnish (Suomi) hanhikorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour fauve
German (Deutsch) Gänsegeier
Italian (Italiano) Grifone
Japanese (日本語) ケアプシロエリハゲワシ [shiroerihagewashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gåsegribb
Polish (Polski) sęp płowy
Russian (русский язык) Белоголовый сип
Spanish (Español) Buitre Leonado
Swedish (Svenska) Gåsgam
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