Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus),1934 ,II/A -cites ES-BB-00116/17C dd 09/03/2019.Ancienne collection de Mr.Ramon Pons Oliveras
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The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier and ossifrage, is a very large bird of prey, the only member of the genus Gypaetus and traditionally considered a vulture; it only differs by its feathered neck. The bearded vulture is the only known vertebrate whose diet consists almost exclusively (70 to 90 per cent) of bone. It lives and breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Tibet, laying one or two eggs in mid-winter that hatch at the beginning of spring. Populations are residents.
This bird is 94–125 cm (37–49 in) long with a wingspan of 2.31–2.83 m (7.6–9.3 ft). It weighs 4.5–7.8 kg (9.9–17.2 lb Females are slightly larger than males. Unlike most vultures, the bearded vulture does not have a bald head. Bearded vultures are variably orange or rust of plumage on their head, breast and leg feathers but this is actually cosmetic. This colouration may come from dust-bathing, rubbing mud on its body or from drinking in mineral-rich waters. Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the remains of dead animals. It usually disdains the actual meat and lives on a diet that is typically 85–90% bone marrow. This is the only living bird species that specializes in feeding on the marrow. Live prey is sometimes attacked by the bearded vulture, with perhaps greater regularity than any other vulture.
Dimensions 73cm x 53cm x 86cm