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.