The Griffon Vulture - Ruler of the Sky


Cliff-nesting Griffon Vultures build their nests on the island’s stone cliffs towering above the sea. These huge birds with a wingspan of almost three metres reach a speed up to 120 kilometres per hour. In most European countries the species is already extinct, but not on Cres and the neighbouring islands of Krk and Prvić. Because of this there are ornithological reserves on all three islands.

By flying without fluttering their wings, griffon vultures win man’s admiration. Their lifespan is fifty and more years and they remain faithful to the same partner throughout their life. The number of vultures is constantly decreasing, about seventy of them –  live in Cres and, as distinguished from other places, they nest on cliffs plunging vertically down into the sea, while elsewhere they are mountain and river-canyon birds.

For more information please visit:

The Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures, Cres Island

Town of Cres Tourist Board

Look for the brochure "Protected natural heritage“

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