International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) may be tomorrow, but we here at Birdorable love vultures all year, and we can't wait to introduce our newest Birdorable bird: the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture. Lammergeiers like to eat dead things (just like... Read more »
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.
Details & Statistics
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.