Gypaetus – Bearded vulture

The only living creature that feeds on bone marrow from carcasses in high and inaccessible mountain areas

Bearded Vultures have unique features that become even more exciting as they age. When fully grown, they are orange-rust on the underside with a dark underwing and slate gray on the top. Their reproduction is a slow and difficult process; it can take up to 5 to 7 years for birds to reach sexual maturity, but breeding success usually begins around 8.

They are the only vulture species that have evolved to feed primarily on the bones of dead animals and can swallow and digest bones. This unusual eating habit necessitates numerous adaptations, distinguishing the species from other vultures and making it an essential part of the ecosystem.