Wild Birds

Featured Bird Photograph: Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)

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The Lammergeier — a name which originates from German and means “lamb-vulture” or “lamb-hawk” may suggest that this vulture eats lambs, but, in fact, this vulture is quite harmless and incapable of killing lambs. Because of this, this misleading name is being phased out and nowadays, this vulture is more commonly referred to as “Bearded Vulture“.

Its orange breast is caused by iron oxides gained from sand-bathing and wall-rubbing. Lammergeier has observed that the firstborn nestling may eat its younger sibling.

Relevant Bird Species Information Page (includes more stunning photos of this bird species)

Learn more about / contact the photographer via this link: Richard_Bartz http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Richard_Bartz





Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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