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Derborence, Valais


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/400 s, f/10.0, ISO 200 
Image size 600 x 400 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Accipitriformes   Family  Accipitridae

Deutsch  Bartgeier Dutch  Lammergier
Italian  Gipeto Spanish  Quebrantahuesos


The Bearded Vulture differs from the other vultures by its feathered neck and does not have a bald head. Together with the Egyptian Vulture, it constitutes a small lineage (Gypaetinae) of the Accipitridae family. Its main food is the bone marrow of dead animals which it gets by biting pieces of bone up to the size of a lamb's femur. Its stomach has a pH of about 1 and quickly dissolves bone pieces. The vulture is known to carry bones to a height of 160-490 ft and drop them to the ground in order to expose the marrow.


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Bearded Vulture
Gypaetus barbatus
Gypačte barbu

Jean-Michel PAULUS