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A to Z Challenge L is for Lammergeyer April 13, 2013

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.

Lammergeier

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.

 

Source: wikipedia
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10 Responses to “A to Z Challenge L is for Lammergeyer”

  1. Beth Lapin Says:

    What a handsome dude!

  2. Who knew vultures could look so beautiful. I love the title of your blog. I train mental health and drug tx prefessionals in my day job (read your “about me”). Great posts on the A-Z.

  3. You wouldn’t know it was a vulture. We get turkey vultures here, and they look more like giant hawks than vultures.

  4. Laura Eno Says:

    It’s certainly better-looking than some of the vultures I’ve seen. 🙂

  5. mlchesley Says:

    Wow, pretty stunning for a bird of prey! Dropping by to show some bloggy love during A to Z! Mel at Writings Musings and Other Such Nonsense

  6. vishalbheeroo Says:

    stunnigly beautiful bird and the writing. How scary you made it and am already feeling chill down my spine.
    Cheers
    Vishal
    http://www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

  7. Jai Says:

    I didn’t know vultures could be such handsome creatures. I’ve only ever seen the bald ones with the ruffle of feathers about the neck. This is fascinating.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. Tyrean Says:

    I’m always amazed when I see a real vulture. I grew up with that fictional image of vultures as ugly creatures. They really are beautiful!

  9. Gina Says:

    This was really interesting information! I liked this post very much.

  10. Dawn Malone Says:

    Interesting that the water turns them orange! Must be iron-rich. Great, informative post!


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