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Rueppells Griffon Vulture

Classified as a “near threatened” species,  this vulture, named after the German explorer and Zoologist, Eduard Ruppell. is believed to be the worlds highest flying bird and has been found at altitudes around 36,000 ft (~ 11,000 metres), although they are found more often ~20,000 ft (~6,000 metres)

As inhabitants of North Africa, America, India, Australia and Nepal, they tend to nest in large flocks in the dry mountainous regions.

Additional information can be found at http://www.phoenixzoo.org/visit/animal_news.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100566

Rueppell's Griffon Vulture (Gyps Rueppelli)


24 responses

  1. This is an awesome bird! It’s truly from the vulture family? Love the black and white with purple accent! It’s a gorgeous bird, Jim, and a spectacular shot! Thanks for posting!

    May 8, 2012 at 6:18 am

    • Thanks Judy; but not a bird you would have as a pet.

      May 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      • Oh no! lol…nothing wild for a pet!! 😉 He just doesn’t look like our common, black, hunchback vultures. This one looks dressed for a ball!

        May 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  2. wow… this bird look impressive, even his name sound cool!

    April 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

    • Many thanks for your comments Anne.

      April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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