Kenya Birds

Rüppell's Griffon Vulture


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Rüppell's Griffon Vulture

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Gyps rueppellii

Other Names

  English Rüppell's Vulture, Rüppell's Griffon   French Vautour de Rüppell, Vautour de pays plat d'Afrique   German Sperbegeier   Spanish Buitre Moteado   Swedish Rüppellgam   Dutch Rüppells Gier   Italian Grifone di Rüppel

World: Sub-saharan Africa between 15° and 20° north from Senegal to Ethiopia and south to Uganda, Kenya and N. Tanzania.

Kenya: Absent from the west of the country, the coast and part of central Kenya; common elsewhere.

Almost as common as, and very similar to the White-backed Vulture but can be distinguished by the yellowish bill. It' very common in dry open country, especially near high cliffs on which it nests and roosts. The commonest vulture in northern Kenya where thousands have been noted at some roosting sites.

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