Lammergeyer (Gypaetus barbatus) is a magnificent bird, generally seen floating along a mountainside on wings, which may measure nine feet across. The whole length of the bird is from 43 to 46 inches. The top of the head is white, bounded by black. The rest of the head, the neck, throat and lower parts are usually clothed with lanceolate feathers of a pale tawny color.

Lammergeyer has a unique way of feeding; it carries bones high in air and drops them on rocks, then swooping down to pick up the marrow. It also feeds on carcasses and around village rubbish dumps. It nests on inaccessible cliffs.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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