Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) bathing in iron-rich mountain springs

3 May 2018 - 12:49 -- Arnau Bonan

The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) obtains the typical rusty colour of its neck and underparts by staining these parts with water rich in iron oxides.

In these videos recorded in the Pyrenees you can see juvenile Bearded Vultures bathing in iron-rich water springs to acquire their characteristic ferruginous colour.

And in these videos you can see Bearded Vultures of different ages using the spring to drink and/or bathe.

This practice had been previously recorded by trap cameras, but to our knowledge the current videos seem to be the first taken by a videographer.

Many thanks to the Buseu Project for their hospitality and the facilities for recording these exceptional behaviours, and for the great work they are doing!

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