About 90% of the Lammergeier/ Bearded Vulture’s diet consists of bone marrow from carcasses. The Lammergeier carries the bone to a height and then drops it on a rock to crack the marrow open. This technique requires great skill and the bird may take upto seven years to master it!
Lammergeiers or Bearded Vultures are the only members of the genus Gypaetus, an old-world variety of vultures residing in the Himalayas both in India and Tibet, and in the high mountains of Europe, the Caucasus and Africa. They are unique among raptors, along with the Egyptian Vulture in having lozenge-shaped tails.
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