Rueppell's Vulture

About the Rueppell's Vulture

Also known as: Rueppell's Vulture, Rueppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Griffon Vulture, R?ppell's Griffon

The Rueppell's Vulture is a large species of Old World vulture that lives across open woodlands in central Africa. Rüppell's Vultures are very social and will feed together in large groups. They also nest and roost communally.

Rüppell's Vulture are scavengers, dining primarily on carrion. They find food by soaring above the land; they may fly nearly 100 miles from their home territory in order to find food.

The Rueppell's Vulture is Endangered. These birds face many threats to survival, including loss of habitat, hunting, and (secondary) poisoning. Conservationists are working to protect the species by spreading awareness and by seeking legal protection across the different political boundaries in the vulture's wide range.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 August 2012
Scientific Name
Gyps rueppellii
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. rueppellii
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Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 21 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
33 to 38 inches
89 to 102 inches
224 to 320 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Rueppell's Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Critically Endangered due to severe declines in parts of its range. Overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collision and poisoning.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑白兀鹭
Czech (Cesky) sup krahujový
Danish (Dansk) Rüppell's Grib
Dutch (Nederlands) Rüppells gier
Finnish (Suomi) suomukorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour de Rüppell
German (Deutsch) Sperbergeier
Italian (Italiano) Grifone di Rueppell
Japanese (日本語) マダラハゲワシ [madarashiroerihagewashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Skjellgribb
Polish (Polski) Sęp plamisty
Russian (русский язык) Африканский сип
Spanish (Español) Buitre Moteado
Swedish (Svenska) Rüppellgam
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