Facts about this animal
The Bearded Vulture has a total length of 94-117 cm and the weight is 5-7 kg. The crown is dirty white ringed with black. A circle around the eyes and the face covered with stiff black "hair", and a black tuft of "hairs" forming a beard projecting downwards on each side of the beak. The throat is pinkish or brownish white, streaked with black. The underpart is pinkish or brownish white, tipped with black on the breast. The breast is more reddish than the belly. The upperpart and the wings are blackish grey with white shaft streaks. The tail is very long, wedge-shaped and pointed, blackish-grey. The bare skin around the eyes is red and the iris is yellow. The sexes are alike but males are smaller than females.
Did you know?
that the bearded vulture is the only bird of prey that drops large bones onto rocks below in order to feed on the marrow inside?
|Name (Scientific)||Gypaetus barbatus|
|Name (English)||Bearded Vulture|
|Name (French)||Gypaète barbu|
|Name (German)||Bartgeier, Lämmergeier|
|Local names||Afrikaans: Lammergeier
Czech: Orlosup bradatý
Italian: Gipeto, avvoltoio degli agnelli
Romansh: Tschess barbet
Slovensko: Brkati ser
|CITES Status||Appendix II|
|CMS Status||Appendix II (as Accipitridae spp.)|
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|Range||Eastern Africa, South African Drakensberg Southwestern and central Asia, Southern and Central Europe|
|Wild population||Approx.: 2,000-10,000 (Red List IUCN 2011)|
|Zoo population||About 100 birds kept by institutuons participating in the EEP. 36 of these were reported to ISIS (2005).|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
Untrained birds travel better in completely dark boxes, with a carpeted floor and roof, with an upwards sliding door at one end and no perch. As a general rule, trained birds are easier to manage in boxes with a carpeted perch at the right height to give plenty of head and tail room, and with a hinged side opening door.
For air transport, Container Note 20 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
Because bearded vultures have become extinct in Central Europe about a century ago, zoos pooled the bearded vulures in their custody and initiated an European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) with a strong educational component. Bearded vultures bred under this programme were released, and today there is again a population of more than 100 bearded vultures in the Alps.