Rüppell's Vulture in "Volerie des Aigles" in "Chateau de
Kintzheim", Alsace, France.
Rüppell's gier in "Volerie des Aigles" in "Chateau de Kintzheim", Elzas, Frankrijk.
Rüppell's Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large vulture that ranges
across much of central Africa, including Ethiopia, the Sudan, Tanzania
and Guinea. It is also known as Rüppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Vulture,
Rüppell's Griffin Vulture, and similar variants, and is named in honor
of the 19th-century German explorer, collector and zoologist Eduard
Adults are close to a metre in length, with a wingspan of around 2.6 m, and a weight that usually ranges between 7 and 9 kg.
Both sexes are alike: mottled brown or black overall with a whitish-brown underbelly and thin, dirty-white fluff covering the head and neck. The base of the neck has a white collar, the eye is yellow or amber, the crop patch deep chocolate-brown.
They can reach great heights, 6,000 m is not uncommon, and on one exceptional occasion, an aircraft over the Côte d'Ivoire collided with a Rüppell's Vulture at the astonishing altitude of 11,300 m, the current record avian height.