Bearded vulture

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Bearded vulture
Bartgeier Gypaetus barbatus front Richard Bartz.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Gypaetus
Binomial name
Gypaetus barbatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier or lammergeyer, is a bird of prey. It is the only member of the genus Gypaetus.

An Old World vulture, it forms a minor line of the Accipitridae with the Egyptian vulture, its closest living relative. They are not much more closely related to the Old World vultures proper than to hawks. They differ from Old World vultures by their feathered neck.

It eats mainly carrion and lives and breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Tibet.[1][2] The females lay one or two eggs in mid-winter that hatch at the beginning of spring. Populations are resident.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gavashelishvili A. & McGrady M.J. 2006. Breeding site selection by bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and Eurasian griffon (Gyps fulvus) in the Caucasus. Animal Conservation 9 (2): 159–170. [1]
  2. BirdLife International
Gypaetus barbatus - 2014, Gran Paradiso National Park (Aosta Valley, Italy)