Bearded Vulture currently occurs in Europe (mainly Spain and Alps), Asia and Africa. The species has disappeared from many areas of its former range. Conservation projects are attempted. The numbers continue to decrease. Major threats are poaching, poisoning, habitat destruction and collisions with power lines.
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1988, currently listed as Near Threatened (NT).
■ The species is managed under the EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme). Currently it is coordinated by University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, or Bonn Convention) as migratory species that conservation is requiring international cooperation.
■ Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a strictly protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex I of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Accipitriformes – hawks, eagles, kites and relatives
■ Family Accipitridae – hawks, eagles and vultures
■ Species Gypaetus barbatus – Bearded Vulture or Lammergeier