Lammergeier, Bearded Vulture

Gypaetus barbatus

(G. b. aureus)

Armenian Name: Գառնանգղ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Lammergeier, Bearded Vulture

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Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:100-115 cm, Wing Span:266-282 cm
Distribution Map: Map 31.
Description: Huge vulture with proportionately long narrow wings and long bluntly-pointed tail.
Adult: Blackish upperparts with dull orange underbody and head. Black mask through eyes extends into a "beard" below base of bill.
Juvenile: Dark brown above; blackish head and neck and brown-gray underparts.
Immature: Shows varying amounts of white on back and wing coverts.
Behavior: Soars on slightly-drooped wings with upturned tips. Often soars above gorges and mountain meadows.
Habitat: Remote mountains with forests, meadows, deep gorges, and cliffs.
Food: Bones and fresh carrion; also takes birds and small mammals such as young wild goats.
Nest: Massive pile of branches lined with twigs, grass, wool, and fur on cliff or in deep cave.
Eggs: 84 mm, 1-2, pale reddish-brown, purple blotches.