Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.
look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon
And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.
And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.
Birds are way cooler than you.
The Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture is often called the Ossifrage (literally “bone-breaker”) in older English-language sources because of this habit. Such as in the King James Version of the Bible: “But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray…” (Deut. 14:12).
(Source: jenkristofu, via muchnessoffiddle-de-dee)
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