vultures nest gorges du tarnVultures and their nests, Gorges du Tarn.
©Vultures and their nests, Gorges du Tarn.|BENOIT COLOMB

Birds of prey on the Grands Causses

The Causse de Sauveterre and the Causse Méjean are home to many species of birds of prey: griffon vultures, black vultures, Egyptian vultures, bearded vultures, kites, buzzards, eagles, short-toed eagles… Discover them now!

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Birds of prey on the Grands Causses

On the Grands Causses, you’ll find the same birds of prey as in the Gorges du Tarn. The avifauna of the Causse Sauveterre and Causse Méjean is therefore also remarkable: in addition to several species of vulture, many other birds of prey live here too: kites, buzzards, eagles, short-toed eagles, peregrine falcons and eagle-owls…


The Griffon vulture

The griffon vulture is the most common species of vulture in Lozère. Often living and moving in groups, they are easy to spot on the Causse Méjean and Causse de Sauveterre ledges.


The black vulture

The black vulture is one of Europe’s largest birds of prey. Flying alone or in pairs, they sometimes fly in the company of griffon vultures… Less numerous than griffon vultures, they are difficult to observe… unless you’re lucky, so keep an eye out!


Egyptian vultures

The Egyptian vulture, present in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte, also sometimes flies over the Grands Causses… This medium-sized bird of prey is a migratory bird. These birds of prey are notorious for staying put. In fact, they are capable of building several nests in the hollows of cliffs, so as to have several places to nest, sleep or feed.


The bearded vulture

The bearded vulture is the rarest vulture in Lozère, making it difficult to observe… In fact, they don’t reproduce until they are 8 years old, which slows down their evolution in terms of population.


Other birds of prey

Many other birds of prey can be found on the Grands Causses: red kites, buzzards, eagles, white-tailed eagles, peregrine falcons, eagle-owls… All live in the heart of a protected natural environment, and feed easily on the Causse Méjean and Causse de Sauveterre, lands of agropastoralism. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to see birds of prey hunting mice, rats, snakes and other terrestrial animals while haymaking and working the land.