Another majestic beauty from my birds series.
The bearded vulture is the Alps' largest bird and is one of the rarest raptors in Europe. It nests on high rock ledges and inhabits exclusively high mountainous areas. This bird is 94–125 cm long with a wingspan of 2.30–2.80 m and It weighs between 4.5–7.8 kg. Bearded vultures are variably orange or rust of plumage on their head, breast, and leg feathers, but this is actually cosmetic. This colouration may come from dust-bathing, rubbing mud on its body, or drinking mineral-rich waters.
This species has been listed as threatened owing to evidence that is has undergone a rapid population decline over the past three generations.