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Bearded Vulture | Gypaetus barbatus

The Bearded Vulture is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Accipitridae bird family group which includes birds such as Raptors, Old Vultures, Osprey.

The description for the Bearded Vulture (Latin name Gypaetus barbatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Gypaetus barbatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 119 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 484. You will find a picture of the Bearded Vulture on page 481.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Bearded Vulture between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Bearded Vulture has a height of 110 cms and weighs around 5700 gms. The head is coloured blond while the bill is coloured grey. The Gypaetus barbatus has a white coloured throat, blue legs and a black, brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is blond

Eyes are yellow

Bill is grey

Legs are blue

Throat is white

Back is black, brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Bearded Vulture is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 3 eggs and they are coloured orange.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Bearded Vulture is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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