About the Lammergeier

Also known as: Bearded Vulture, Lammergeyer

The Lammergeier, also known as the Bearded Vulture, is a large species of Old World Vulture that lives on high mountains thoughout parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. These striking birds are non-migratory. They live in a large territory of up to ten miles in diameter.

Like other vulture species, the Lammergeier feeds on carrion. This bird is unique in that it prefers the bones of dead animals, and will feed on bone marrow.

Unusual for a vulture, the Lammergeier does not have a bald head. Adults have buff-yellow bodies with dark brown backs and a light head highlighted with black moustache-like feathers. Many Lammergeiers have a rusty-tone to their feathers (like our Birdorable here), which is the result of rubbing mud over the breast, legs and chin.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 September 2011
Scientific Name
Gypaetus barbatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gypaetus
  • G. barbatus
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
37 to 49 inches
108 to 121 inches
176 to 256 ounces



From IUCN Red List:
The Lammergeier is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened owing to evidence that is has undergone a moderately rapid population decline over the past three generations.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 胡兀鹫
Czech (Cesky) orlosup bradatý
Danish (Dansk) Lammegrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Lammergier
Finnish (Suomi) partakorppikotka
French (Français) Gypaète barbu
German (Deutsch) Bartgeier
Italian (Italiano) Avvoltoio barbuto
Japanese (日本語) ヒゲワシ [higewashi]
Korean (한국어) 수염수리
Norwegian (Norsk) Lammegribb
Polish (Polski) orłosęp
Russian (русский язык) Или Ягнятник
Spanish (Español) Quebrantahuesos
Swedish (Svenska) Lammgam
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