Ruppell’s griffon vulture
At the Detroit Zoo
The Ruppell’s griffon vulture can be found in the African Watering Hole 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.
From a standing start, the griffon vulture can fly more than 3 miles in six minutes.