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Bearded Vulture

 

or lammergeier (Gypaëtus barbatus), a predatory bird of the hawk family. It has a length of up to 1.1 m and a wingspread of up to 2.7 m. The bird’s head and abdominal side are whitish or yellowish, and its back is blackish. Bristling feathers under the bill resemble a small beard (hence the bird’s name). The bearded vulture is found in the mountains of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. In the USSR it is found in the Caucasus, Middle Asia, the Altai, and the Saians. It nests in cliff crevices and usually broods one egg at a time. The bearded vulture feeds on carrion, primarily bones. In Europe the numbers of bearded vultures are decreasing as the number of ungulates decreases.

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Between 2004 and 2005, we monitored a polyandrous trio of Bearded Vultures in the central Pre-Pyrenees mountains in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, during their courtship period (200 hr of observation).
Due to their physical and behavioral characteristics, it has been suggested that female Bearded Vultures can dominate males (see Negro et al.
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