"Der Bartige Alpengyerdaler" - Gypaetus barbatus - The Bearded Vulture-Eagle or Lammergeier
The lammergeier is the most distantly-related of all the vultures, and that’s evident in its appearance. Though structurally similar to a mostly-extinct branch of Old World Vultures (only the Egyptian Vulture still remains), it is the only vulture without a bald head, and the only vulture that refuses to eat carrion. Well, refuses to eat carrion meat, at least. The lammergeier will actually remove bones from rotting meat, and repeatedly drop them onto rocks, so that it can eat the bone marrow. Though a somewhat inefficient way of acquiring its food (oftentimes bones that aren’t dessicated take several drops from high altitudes), this strategy is highly effective for surviving in craggy and often desolate high-altitude environments where meat isn’t often available. Long-abandoned skeletons of dead animals that have been picked clean of anything but bones can provide days of food for the lammergeier.
Teutsche Ornithologie oder Naturgeschichte aller Vögel Teutschlands in naturgetreuen Abbildungen und Beschreibungen. Johann Conrad and Johann Theodor Susemihl, 1802.

"Der Bartige Alpengyerdaler" - Gypaetus barbatus - The Bearded Vulture-Eagle or Lammergeier

The lammergeier is the most distantly-related of all the vultures, and that’s evident in its appearance. Though structurally similar to a mostly-extinct branch of Old World Vultures (only the Egyptian Vulture still remains), it is the only vulture without a bald head, and the only vulture that refuses to eat carrion. Well, refuses to eat carrion meat, at least. The lammergeier will actually remove bones from rotting meat, and repeatedly drop them onto rocks, so that it can eat the bone marrow. Though a somewhat inefficient way of acquiring its food (oftentimes bones that aren’t dessicated take several drops from high altitudes), this strategy is highly effective for surviving in craggy and often desolate high-altitude environments where meat isn’t often available. Long-abandoned skeletons of dead animals that have been picked clean of anything but bones can provide days of food for the lammergeier.

Teutsche Ornithologie oder Naturgeschichte aller Vögel Teutschlands in naturgetreuen Abbildungen und Beschreibungen. Johann Conrad and Johann Theodor Susemihl, 1802.

178 notes

Show

  1. the1800s reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  2. foronskin reblogged this from cursedfinger
  3. makeanx reblogged this from scientificillustration
  4. cheeseless-lasagna reblogged this from sanguinewings
  5. strange-venus reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  6. husdant reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  7. sniffmental reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  8. callmelogic reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  9. trioflife reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  10. biobabbler reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  11. tekknoarchive reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  12. esratac reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  13. autumnsoliloquy reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  14. sanguinewings reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  15. i-can-see-your-underwear reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  16. nerske reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  17. pyrrhicvictoria reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  18. appletwat reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  19. biomedicalephemera reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  20. thunderhorsevintage reblogged this from scientificillustration