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Ruppell’s vulture or Ruppell’s griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large African vulture that feeds solely on carrion and bone fragments of dead animals. Like other vultures, Ruppell’s griffon vulture cuts a distinctive silhouette when in flight, with wide wings, a short square tail and a short head, as it folds and tucks its long neck into its body. The pale tips of the blackish-brown feathers give Ruppell’s griffon vulture’s plumage a scaled appearance, and its head and long neck are covered with fine white down. The powerful and slightly hooked bill, suited to tearing flesh and crunching bone, is orange to yellow, and its eyes are yellow.

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