griffon vultures

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New art project I’m calling “Cuteness and Vexation”

These will be available as prints soon! And maybe T-shirts if I can get the design right. More are in the works, including non-birbs, so feel free to make requests! I can’t guarantee they’ll get done, but they will go on my list!

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As a follow up to this post, I made a few new designs and then added these stickers to my Etsy shop!

Thought I might as well make some crystal stickers while I’m at it too!

The skulls are of a Chinese water deer, red fox, stag, bearded dragon, tiger and a Griffon vulture.

A5 prints of each individual skull as well as a A4 / A5  group shot and crystal print are available also! It’s free UK shipping and international postage is available :D

Today’s Bird Fact!

Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is listed as critically endangered. One of their biggest threats is poisoning. Humans will set up poisoned carcasses to get predators, like lions or hyenas, but instead kill large numbers of vultures.

In one instance 600 hundred vultures were killed from a poisoned elephant carcass because the poachers did not want vultures to give away their location to authorities.

“Vultures are long-lived birds that reproduce very slowly, producing an average of one chick every other year.  Their current mortality rates are well above what is sustainable and populations of all species are crashing across the continent.”

They have backward-pointing spikes on the tongue to help remove meat from bone.

“They have a specialized variant of the hemoglobin alpha subunit; this protein has a great affinity for oxygen, which allows the species to absorb oxygen efficiently despite the low partial pressure in the upper troposphere.”

March 8, 2017 - Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Griffon Vulture, or Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus)

Requested by: @zyxyz-xyzzy

These Old World vultures are found in parts of Eurasia, the Middle East, and northern Africa. Their diet is almost entirely carrion from large mammals. In the past they fed on wild animals, such as deer, gazelles, and mountain goats, but in recent years these have been displaced by domestic species. The vultures are now mostly dependent on domesticated mammals, such as cows and sheep, for food. Pairs are monogamous and often stay together for life. They build their nests on cliffs in small colonies usually made up of around 15 to 20 pairs, but sometimes containing as many as 150. Both parents incubate the single egg and care for the chick.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I really love your art and love the idea of your new Victuuri AU!! I want to do fanart and maybe show it (if that's okay?) But I'd like to know what color Yuuri's wings are, since your comic stated that they weren't white, and I'm not sure what color the wings in the picture are? Sorry if I'm bothering you, but I'd really like to know. Anywho, your AUs are great and I love them. Have a nice day!

they’re color brown with dark blue tips!! and they are very wide too!! if i drew him from the back, the long dark tips of his feathers would touch the ground kinda like a cape. i tried to model them after griffon vulture wings because they’re the highest flying bird out there but as you can see i failed tremendously i’m still practicing with that hahaha 

i hope this helped some andi hope you have a very nice day as well anon!!

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10 Amazing Species for Vulture Awareness Day

Egyptian Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

Bearded Vulture - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

California Condor - IUCN Status - Critically Endangered

Hooded Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

King Vulture - IUCN Status -Least Concern

Lappet Faced Vulture - IUCN Status - Vulnerable

Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture - IUCN Status - Endangered

White Headed Vulture - IUCN Status - Vulnerable

Andean Condor - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

Cinereous Vulture - IUCN Status - Near Threatened

bonus African Crowned Crane