F#19: House Martin Griffon

House Martin Griffon (avum pilosus delichon)

Small, migratory griffon

Spending its winters in Africa and Asia, the house griffin arrives in the UK in may or June to spend the summer months. 

They congregate around areas of standing water, where they can be seen swooping low across the surface to catch flies, imcluding midges and mosquitos.

F#09: Magpie Griffin (Pica Avum Pilousus)

Name: Magpie Griffin (Pica Avum Pilousus)

Class: Neutral

Designation: Fauna

Description: This medium sized member of the Avum Pilosus (Griffin) species has glossy black and white plumage with a distinctive blue/green sheen; and long tail feathers.

Notes: The most common Griffin to see in the wild, found across Europe and Asia. The Magpie Griffin is omnivorous, eating insects, fruit, seeds, carrion, eggs and young birds.

It is also considered to be one of the most intelligent of the species, capable of complex emotion, social rituals and use of tools. They are rarely seen alone, remaining in tightly knit groups consisting of up to five families. In some urban areas, these noisy, raucous flocks are considered vermin.

 

Entry Compiled by: Jesper Beattie

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Magpie Griffin (Pica Avum Pilousus)

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