What Bird Flies the Highest?


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The highest-flying bird is the Ruppell's Griffon vulture, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. It can fly at an altitude of nearly 37,000 feet.

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What Bird Flies the Highest?
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The Ruppell's Griffon vulture belongs to the family called Accipitridae, and its scientific name is Gyps rueppellii. These vultures have chocolate-colored bodies with mottled plumage, yellow eyes and white fluff that cover their heads and necks. Ruppell's Griffon vultures are large in size and can weigh up to 20 pounds. They also have strong feet and talons. Their wingspans can be as big as 8.5 feet in length.

This vulture’s habitats are grassland and woodland areas found in the central and western regions of Africa. This bird’s diet consists of carcass meat or carrion. In the wild, this vulture species can live between 40 to 50 years. Unfortunately, this bird is now on the list of endangered species.

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