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see Brussels griffonBrussels griffon,
breed of sturdy toy dog developed in Belgium in the 18th and 19th cent. It stands about 8 in. (20.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 6 to 12 lb (2.7–5.5 kg). There are two varieties, the wirehaired and the smooth.
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; wirehaired pointing griffonwirehaired pointing griffon,
breed of medium-sized sporting dog developed in Holland and France in the late 19th cent. It stands about 22 in. (56 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 60 lb (20.4–27.2 kg).
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griffin, griffon, gryphon

A mythological beast having a lion’s body with an eagle’s head and wings; used decoratively.


1. any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
2. any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
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Griffon Vultures nest in colonies on steep cliffs along coasts or on inland mountains and prefer open habitats over which they soar and glide seeking food (animal corpses).
The current study tried to investigate the habitat utilization of the Griffon vultures with special reference to its relationship with the breeding activities in AJK.
The griffon vulture is a large bird of prey that belongs to the Old World vulture group and can be found over a wide geographic range (northwest Africa, Iberian Peninsula, Balkans, Middle East, and India).
In this study we explore the potential of using 3D location data of griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) for estimating wind velocity and the convective velocity scale.
The Talmud mentions an Arabic deity (nesra / nasr) as a vulture-god, similar to their term nesr used to describe a griffon vulture.
As the tale of the griffon vulture demonstrates, birds--unlike the people of the Middle East--are not confined by religion, ideology or even political borders.
The ratio of cinereous vultures compared with that of griffon vultures feeding at the carcass can constitute a measurement of the carrion consumption efficiency, since the griffon vulture will take more of the food at the carcass due to its numerical dominance and the species' adaptations to large numbers of individuals consuming big carcasses (Konig 1983).
Manager Amy Craggs said: "Hills will be the only Griffon Vulture in the North East and one of only four in the country.
That there are some 12,000 pairs of griffon vulture in Spain today is something of a miracle, considering that in 1902 a law was passed specifically to ensure their extermination; a law that was to be reinforced in 1953 by the formation of the Spanish Society for the Extinction of Vermin and the Protection of Hunting.
A study by Luis Barrios and Alejandro Rodriguez found that wind farm mortality mainly affected two resident raptor species--the griffon vulture and common kestrel--and that only a small fraction of migrating birds were at risk from turbine collisions.