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Bearded Vulture
Gypaetus barbatus

Map of the common names

Europe's biggest vulture (L 110 cm). The Lammergeier immediately betrays itself by its characteristic flight silhouette which looks a lot like a falcon rather than a vulture. Narrow and long wings and dark, long and pointed tail. The species inhabits mountainous areas. Nests are placed in small caves or on cliff ledges. An important food source is bone marrow, which it gets at by drooping large bones from the air on to hard rock surfaces so that the bone shatters. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Lammergeier is a very rare European species. In the EU the numbers of breeding pairs are not over 90 pairs. The extinction of the species from many countries is thought to have resulted from direct persecution by man and the wide use of different kinds of poisons. Today, the main threats are habitat alterations related to the opening of new roads and tracks, and human disturbance caused by tourist, hunters, climbers, parachuters and photographers.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
80 / 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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