Bearded Vulture

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Juvenile bearded vultures have a much different physical appearance than adults and appear dark all over.

Juvenile bearded vultures have a much different physical appearance than adults and appear dark all over.

These birds possess a dark gray-brown coloration, with a slightly lighter gray-brown abdomen and a dark brown to black colored head and neck. That have a dark-mottled buff patch on the mantle and pale tips to median wing-coverts. The crown and cheeks are paler and more buff-brown, while the upperparts are all thinly buff-streaked.

Due to this dark coloration, the shorter beard of juvenile bearded vultures is much less conspicuous.

Sources: (Ferguson-Lees & Christie, 2001; Tenenzapf, 2011)
Image: Faris Algosaibi

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