Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) - HBW 2, p. 125

French: Gypaète barbu German: Bartgeier Spanish: Quebrantahuesos
Other common names: Lammergeier

Taxonomy: Vultur barbatus Linnaeus, 1758, Santa Cruz, near Oran, Algeria.
Monotypic genus, with doubtful affinities; usually considered closest to Neophron. Possible races aureus and hemachalanus doubtfully distinct. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758) - NW Africa and SW Europe through Turkey, Egypt, Middle East, Iran and Afghanistan to Mongolia and C & NE China.
  • meridionalis Keyserling & J. H. Blasius, 1840 - SW Arabia and very locally in E & S Africa.