Detroit Zoo African Spoonbill

Ruppell's griffon vulture

At the Detroit Zoo
The Ruppell's griffon vultures can be found next to the camels from April through September.

The Ruppell's griffon vulture's body is a chocolate brown color with a distinctive white feather ring around its lightly feathered head and neck. It has yellow eyes and soft white fluff that covers the purple-red skin on its head. Its sharp tan beak is used for ripping and tearing meat from carcasses, and its neck allows it to reach inside a carcass to feed. It has powerful legs and talons used to rip meat and cling to the rock cliffs where it nests.

Scientific name: Gyps rueppellii
Continent: Africa
Habitat: Grasslands and dry, arid areas
Size: 3 to 3.5 feet
Weight: 13 to 18 pounds
Diet: Carrion (dead and decaying flesh)
Reproduction: One egg that incubates for 55 days
: 40 to 50 years
Conservation Status: Endangered

Ruppells Griffon Vulture



From a standing start, the griffon vulture can fly more than 3 miles in six minutes.