Black vultures in flight in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte.Black vultures in flight in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte.
©Black vultures in flight in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte.
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Monk Vulture

The black vulture is one of Europe’s largest birds of prey. They live alone or in pairs, but never in large groups. They do, however, sometimes fly in the company of griffon vultures… Black vultures are less easily seen than griffon vultures.

All about

the black vulture

The black vulture doesn’t nest in the cliffs of the Tarn and Jonte Gorges like the other vulture species, but on the tops of trees such as oak, Scots pine or Austrian black pine, or juniper, which are relatively load-bearing trees.

This vulture takes third place when it comes to tasting food left behind by previous vulture species. It takes part in killings, feeding primarily on the fleshy parts of corpses, i.e. skin, cartilage and tendons, thanks to its robust beak.

The population

Of black vultures

Some twenty pairs of black vultures currently live in the Grands Causses and 8 in the Gorges de la Jonte. Today, this species reproduces more slowly than Griffon vultures, as the reintroduction was mainly carried out with juvenile birds not yet old enough to reproduce. They also need a longer acclimatization period. What’s more, they are less able to withstand disturbance than other species, which makes them more fearful and less able to procreate. Finally, weather conditions are sometimes unfavorable to them, as they nest in treetops.

All about

black vultures