Ruppell's Griffon is the highest flying bird on record, once spotted at an altitude of over 37, 000 feet in the skies of West Africa - discovere by the fact one flew into a plane.
From a standing start the Ruppell’s vulture can fly over three miles in six minutes. They can cruise at over 22 mph, and will fly as far as 90 miles from a nest site to find food. When thermal currents start to develop enough lift, about two hours after sunrise, Ruppell's vultures leave the roost and begin to patrol over the plains, using their exceptionally keen eyesight to find large animal carcasses, or carnivores which have made a kill. The Ruppell’s vulture often stays in the air for six to seven hours a day. Rüppells Griffon Vulture IUCN Red List Conservation status - Near Threatened
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