LAMMERGEIER

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With a Lammergeier turn­ing up in the UK in May; first in Wales then in Devon and Corn­wall (at the time of go­ing to press!), it seems an ap­po­site time to look at the name of this po­ten­tial ad­di­tion to the Bri­tish List. Lammergeier, or more cor­rectly Läm­mergeier, is a Ger­man word mean­ing lamb vulture or lamb hawk. This is from the belief that it at­tacks lambs, though Lam­mergeiers are al­most ex­clu­sively car­rion eaters, spe­cial­is­ing in break­ing long limb bones for their mar­row. The al­ter­na­tive English name Bearded Vulture comes from the tuft of black feath­ers, which ex­tend down­wards from near the tip of the bill.

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