The tawny vulture
Reintroduced in the 1980's, the griffon vulture nests in colonies on the steep cliffs of the Tarn, Jonte and Dourbie gorges.
Recognisable by its variable chocolate brown to light beige plumage and its white collar, it is the most abundant vulture species in the area.
The black vulture
The black vulture was reintroduced to the Grands Causses between 1992 and 2004.
There are estimated to be between 210 and 260 pairs in Europe. The black vulture nests in isolated parts of the gorges, building its nest of branches at the top of a pine tree.
The Egyptian vulture
The Egyptian vulture, a small, migratory species, is very rare: there are only three pairs in the Causses.
Its plumage is white with black wingtips while the bare head is yellow. The very narrow beak is perfectly adapted to gleaning and pecking the bits of meat remaining on carcasses once the griffon and black vultures have eaten their fill.