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Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus


Not found at Neolithic WF16

Whilst the Griffon Vulture will inhabit different types of landscape, it will always nest on cliffs in the mountains. As a resident, the bird may nest in the more mountainous regions of Wadi Dana or the Jabal Zureiq el Mirad but will roam the landscape for many kilometres in search of carrion.

The Bedouin communities used to make flutes from the bones of vultures, with some in Wadi Faynan remembering these instruments being played in the 1960s. These instruments were usually made from the leg bones, with five holes drilled into them. Examples of such instruments have been found in archaeological excavations dating to the Early Islamic period.

Image credit: ‘Griffon Vulture’ by Koshy Koshy via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Image credit: ‘Griffon Vulture’ by Markel Olano via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0