Birds of Switzerland

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Bearded Vulture

Bearded Vulture
Gypaetus barbatus

Birds of Switzerland

Bearded Vulture | Gypaetus barbatus |


Voice

Status (in CH)

rare, local breeder

Facts

The Bearded Vulture is the largest bird in the Alps with a wing span of over 2.6 metres. In the past, many myths prevailed about this vulture, which is still evident in the non-scientific names such as “Rossgyr” (horse vulture), “Gemsengeier” (chamois vulture) or “Lämmergeier” (lambs vulture). By the end of the 19th century it was deliberately decimated and finally exterminated in Switzerland for competitive reasons, due to ignorance and because bounties were paid for shooting them. In 1986 an international programme was launched for its reintroduction in the Alps.

Annual cycleFragezeichen

Annual cycle

Facts

Fragezeichen Population size in Switzerland (Pairs):
3-5 (2008-2012)
Red List CH Fragezeichen
Critically Endangered
Migration behaviour:
resident
Length (cm):
100-115
Weight (g):
5000-7000
Clutch size:
1-2
Nest site:
crevices
Incubation (days):
55-60
Fragezeichen Nestling stage/airworthy (days):
100-110
Food:
carcasses, bones
Group:
Hawks, Vultures and Eagles
Habitat:
alpine habitats

Pictures

Population

Hochgebirge © Marcel Burkhardt