A to Z Challenge L is for Lammergeyer
Today is day 12 of the A to Z Challenge.
Lammergeyer also known as a bearded vulture is a bird of prey. This vulture does not have a bald head. The adult is mostly dark gray, rusty and whitish in color. The creamy-colored forehead contrasts against a black band across the eyes and lore, and bristles under the chin, form a black beard. They can be orange or rust on their head, breast and leg feathers, but this is usually from drinking in mineral-rich waters or from rubbing mud on its body and dust-bathing.
They are known to attack live prey more regularity than any other vulture. It is a scavenger, and prefers a diet that is typically compromised 85–90% by bone marrow. This is the only living bird species that specializes in feeding on marrow.
Bearded Vultures nest in caves and on ledges and rock outcrops or caves on steep rock walls. The female usually lay a clutch of 1 to 2 eggs. Young may be dependent on the parents for up to 2 years.