Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)

The Eurasian Griffon Vulture is a large, cliff breeding, scavenging bird of prey distributed as a breeding species over the Western Palearctic. The total European population comprises about 20.000 breeding pairs with more than 90% found on the Iberian Peninsula and France. While the population of the species has increased in Spain, Portugal and France in the last decades it undergone general decline in southeastern Europe, where the decrease of the number in Greece, FYR Macedonia and Turkey is still not compensated by the local increase in Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. The Griffon Vulture is an excellent  flagship species for conservation of extensive grazing habitats, birds of prey and predators.
Since 2010 Kresna Gorge is one of the most important areas for Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria, with 4 breeding pairs in 2015 and up to 25 birds present throughout the year. The site is valuable as a foraging area and  a “stepping stone” for young Griffon Vultures on their migration from former Yugoslavian states towards Bosporus and back.