Wild Birds

Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture

The Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is endemic to southern Africa and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and Mozambique.

It could formerly be found in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Namibia, but is now extinct in Swaziland and only small, non-breeding groups can be found in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Its population is estimated at 8,000.


The Cape Griffon measures about 1 m (3.3 ft) in length and has a wingspan of about 2.4 m (7.9 ft). It weighs about 9.4 kg (21 lb).

The plumage is creamy-buff except for the dark flight and tail feathers. The bill is black. The eyes are honey-colored eyes. The bluish throat is featherless.

Immature birds can be identified by their brown eyes and pink necks.

Breeding / Nesting

They nest on cliffs and usually lay one egg per year.


Gordon Ramel

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