Northwestern, eastern and southern Africa; southwestern, southern and central Europe (the Alps); Asia
Mountains and plateaus between 300 and 4,500 metres above sea level
Bearded vultures eat bones and carrion.
near threatened; decreasing
94 – 120 cm
approx. 5 kg
- Breeding period
- Achievable age
up to 40 years in the wild, up to 50 years in human care
Threat Categories of IUCN
...bearded vultures have a wingspan of up to 2.9 metres,
...they can glide for hours on thermal air currents without needing to beat their wings
...and like other scavengers, bearded vultures are nature’s own waste-disposal team and serve an important
function for the local ecosystem?