The The "Bearded Vulture" in flight is the rarest vulture in Lozère, and is located in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte.
©The "Bearded Vulture" in flight is the rarest vulture in Lozère, and is found only in the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte.|ROBERT Philippe

The bearded vulture

The most discreet of vultures

The bearded vulture is the rarest vulture in Lozère and therefore the most difficult to observe… In fact, they don’t reproduce until they’re 8 years old, which slows down their evolution in terms of population.

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When the time is right, Bearded Vultures build a nest from wool and branches in the hollows of cliffs, where they lay one or two eggs a year. Less sociable than griffon vultures, they prefer to live in isolation from other species.

The bearded vulture is also known as a “bone breaker” because of its diet. Indeed, it’s the vulture that wipes out any last trace of animal carcass on the ground. Once the others have taken over the flesh, entrails, tendons and cartilage, it breaks the bones with its strong, fleshy beak and feeds itself.

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It can swallow bones up to 30cm long and digests them very well. A veritable butcher’s block, the bearded vulture can get rid of any corpses and finish off the job of cleaning up nature in the healthiest way possible.

The bearded vulture is unaccustomed to the presence of man and is rarely seen. Between Lozère and Aveyron in the Grands Causses area, only a dozen birds are present. It also has difficulty integrating into the biotope proposed to it, and breeds very little.

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