Eurasian Griffon ( Gyps fulvis )
Today, we move from Africa to Spain. The Eurasian Griffon lives ranges from Spain to countries all around the Mediterranean sea, so Europe, parts of Asia, and northern Africa. They live in mountainous regions. Their nests are built on the cliffs. These birds like the company of their own kind, and live in colonies. Eurasian Griffons breed between winter and early summer. Incubation takes 50 days. The babies are fledges in about six months. They need larger vultures or other predators to expose the flesh of whatever dead animal they want to feed from at the moment. Their long necks allow them to reach into the bodies of dead anaimals. They have a wingspan of 8 feet 6 inches. There are several species of griffon vultures including the Ruppell's Griffon ( Gyps rueppelli )
We may not see vultures as disgusting creatures who feed on the dead. One benefit of them feeding on dead animals keeps the environment safe from the stench of death. They may also keep some diseases at bay. Sadly, vultures like many other animals are facing drops in population. We need to protect our wildlife and take care not to upset the delicate balance found in nature. This is me saying have a great week.