Bearded Vulture

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. It usually disdains the rotting meat, however, and lives on a diet that is 90% bone marrow. It will drop large bones from a height to crack them into smaller pieces. Its old name of Ossifrage relates to this habit. Live tortoises are also dropped in similar fashion to crack them open.

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The Bearded Vulture is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Bearded Vulture is considered a threatened species in Iran. Iranian mythology considers the rare Lammergeier the symbol of luck and happiness. It was believed that if the shadow of a huma fell on one, they would rise to sovereignty. References - 1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Gypaetus barbatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 November 2008. More

Bearded Vulture it has been accused of attacking lambs, chamois, and even children. Though none of these is correct the locals hunted this bird until it was close to extinction. This was mainly done through leaving poisoned carcasses lying in the open. The present tiny Bearded Vulture population now also battles the problem of inbreeding and lack of genetic diversity; this exists in both the captive and wild birds. More

The bearded vulture is the Alps' largest bird and is one of the rarest raptors in Europe. It nests on high rock ledges and inhabits exclusively high mountainous areas. Join WWF on: FacebookFlickrTwitterYoutubeVimeoWordpress Bearded Vulture. More

bearded vulture in CreteThe Bearded Vulture is one of the rarest raptors in Europe. It inhabits exclusively mountainous areas (500-4,000 m). It can be found usually above the tree line, in rugged areas with steep slopes and in alpine pastures. Its main food source is bones of dead animals (small - or middle - sized), for which it searches alone or in pairs. The Bearded Vulture defends huge areas (territories), in which the pair feeds and breeds. More

Bearded Vulture Action plan Globally threatened species Hellenic Ornithological Society The mature birds can be easily recognized by the long, pointed wings and the wedged tail; however, its form rather recalls a large falcon than a vulture. More

Flight: In flight, the bearded vulture's silhouette resembles that of a falcon, but it has a diamond-shaped tail, and different patterns of movement. They like to patrol cliff faces, rather than soaring above flatlands like other vultures. Range/Habitat: Cliffs of Tibet and Ethiopia. Rare in southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Behavior: The bearded vulture is most famous for its intelligent habit of carrying bones high into the air and dropping them on the rocks below. More

The Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus, is a large solitary bird that inhabits mainly mountainous regions. In southern Africa, a drastic decline in the Bearded Vultures’ range and numbers during the past century has resulted in an isolated population that is restricted to the highlands of Lesotho and immediately adjacent areas of the Maloti-Drakensberg mountains. More

* Cine and photo work about the Bearded Vulture in the Alps. More

bearded vulture pronunciation /ˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər/ Show Spelled Show IPA –nounthe largest Eurasian bird of prey, Gypaëtus barbatus, ranging in the mountains from southern Europe to China, having a wingspread of 9 to 10 ft. (2.7 to 3 m) and black feathers hanging from below the bill like a mustache. Also, lam·mer·gey·er, lam·mer·geir. Also called bearded vulture. - Origin: 1810–20; < G Lämmergeier lit. More

between KZN Wildlife staff, the Bearded Vulture Task Force of the Birds of Prey Working Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Swiss and Spanish biologists and veterinarians. Through Sonja's contacts with Bearded vulture specialists in Switzerland and Spain, she managed to obtain two satellite transmitters and one GPS solar powered satellite transmitter. In addition several Spanish volunteers came to assist with the capture and fitting of the transmitters. More

Bearded vulture - Population & Distribution = A shrinking distribution - Previous Population and Distribution Bearded Vultures were once found in almost all mountain ranges of southern Europe and in t/he Alps. Probably no other raptor made such a deep impression on people, as is shown by the numerous fables and legends concerning this majestic bird. More

GPS tracking of bearded vulture: Conservation of Gypaetus barbatus of Crete Remote GPS fix data download via UHF communication link by Stavros Xirouchakis The Project: The goal of this pilotproject is testing if bearded vultures (Gypaetus barbatus) can be tracked via GPS units. The present study is part of conservation project titled “Conservation of Gypaetus barbatus and Biodiversity of Crete” implemented in all mountain regions of Crete. More

The Bearded Vulture has even a more limited diet: it eats chiefly bleached bones.- These are by no means the worst parts of animal carcasses: A bone may contain up to 12% proteins, 16% fat and some important minerals. This remarkable habitat has yet another advantage: bones are inedible to any other animals thus the Bearded Vulture has no competitors for its food. Its gastric acids are capable of dissolving even large bones. More

Conservation and Protection of the Bearded Vulture and its Habitat = Skip to content * About LGF * Contact « Older posts * "Once you have felt the cold stare of the majestic Bearded Vulture upon you while it floats past with imperceptible movement of its wings, then you know: this is something everybody should experience" More

The Bearded vulture reaches 45 inches in size (from head to tail), its wingspan is almost 90 inches and it weighs about 11-15 pounds. Color Bearded vultures have reddish yellow or white plumage on the head and breast with a grey black tail and wings. In the adult individual the black strip over the eyes and the bristles at the base of the beak form the distinctive appearance of a beard. More

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Bearded Vulture on the move Internal information of the project Eye of the Bearded Vulture More

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A bearded vulture is impressive through its coloration and size: 3 m (10 ft) in wingspan and a weight of 5 to 7 kg (11 to 15 lbs)! As it eats more bones than flesh, its head is not bald like in the case of other vulture species. This spectacular bird had to find something for replacing the bone crashing jaws: a special technique of its own. More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Gypaetus
Species : barbatus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)