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Griffon Vultures
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GRIFFON VULTURE
(Sardinian Name: Untulzu, Ingurturiu, Unturgiu)

  • name: Griffon vulture
  • family: Falconidae
  • genus: Gyps
  • species: Fulvus fulvus

Size
The body is 95-100 cm long; its wingspan can sometimes be almost 300 cm. 

Colour of the feathers
The head and the neck are covered by a white down, while the body is tawny. The outside feathers covering the wings (REMIGANTI?) and tail are dark, almost black. The white collar is typical of the adult specimens.

Beak and toes
The beak is hard and hooked. The toes are strong and provided with large talons.

Non-migratory or migratory: non-migratory

Diet: they eat carrions

Where you can see them
in the open Supramonte mountain areas and along the shore between Alghero and Bosa.

Observation area
The coast between Alghero (SS) and Bosa (NU), in the north-western part of Sardinia, which is also called the Griffons' Coast.

Current Situation
This species has been particularly protected since 1978. There are only few griffon vultures left and some of them have been re-introduced in 1987 and 1989.

Points of interest
 "sese un ingorturiu" or "sesi un'unturgiu" ("you are a vulture") is a common way to describe a person who devours his food used in the province of Nuoro. Ingurturiu or unturgiu is actually the Sardinian name of this big bird of prey.

 

photos, from the top:
- griffons on the Bosa coast (D. Ruiu)
- griffon in the nest (D. Ruiu)
- flying griffon (P. Rinaldi)

 

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