Gypaetus barbatus


Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Falconiformes)
Family  (Accipitridae)
Genus  (Gypaetus)
Species Authority Linnaeus, 1758
Summary Status: rare (Category III), with a small, but stable, population. This very large predator is distributed in the mountain ranges of southeastern Kazakstan from the Talas to Dzhungar Alatau mountains where it nests among the highest rocky crags. The number is unknown, but in Kazakstan it is estimated to be only a few 10s of pairs. In the Almaty reserve, at least 3 pairs are nesting, and in Aksu-Dzhabagly Reserve about 5 pairs. It is necessary to protect the animals the lammergeier feeds upon, and to protect nesting areas by restricting the access of tourists during nesting. In addition, artificial breeding should be intensified to restore zoo collections.

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