Bearded vulture

species of bird

The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier or lammergeyer, is a bird of prey. It is the only member of the genus Gypaetus.

Bearded vulture
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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Gypaetus barbatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

An Old World vulture, it forms a minor line of the Accipitridae with the Egyptian vulture, its closest living relative. They are not much more closely related to the Old World vultures proper than to hawks. They differ from Old World vultures by their feathered neck.

It eats mainly carrion and lives and breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Tibet.[1][2] The females lay one or two eggs in mid-winter that hatch at the beginning of spring. Populations are resident.

Gypaetus barbatus – 2014, Gran Paradiso National Park (Aosta Valley, Italy)


  1. Gavashelishvili A. & McGrady M.J. 2006. Breeding site selection by bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and Eurasian griffon (Gyps fulvus) in the Caucasus. Animal Conservation 9 (2): 159–170. [1]
  2. "BirdLife International". Archived from the original on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-31.