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The Zagan or bearded Eagle (Gypaetus barbatus) differs from other Eagles in that its head is completely covered with feathers, and its flight resembles that of Hawks.

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The homeland of this bird is the mountain ranges of the Caucasus, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Asia Minor and the Himalayas. In South-Eastern Europe the number of specimens is smaller, zagans occur at altitudes of 1500-3000 m.

In our country this great eagle existed years ago, he was hunted by ornithologists for studies and enrichment of collections. The last time a specimen was seen by mehedinteni hunters, in the Topolnita Cave area, in 2009.

Many specimens populate the northern, eastern and southern parts of Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Uganda and others.

Zagan is part of the order Falconiformes, family Accipitridae. It is not a species in danger of extinction.


Zaganul Food

Its food consists mainly of carrion, bones and turtles, which it lets fall off the rocks to break them. If this food is missing, it is replaced with live animals, lambs or black goats, which they catch, pick up and throw into the abyss with large claws and strong wings and then eat from their corpses.

Often this eagle waits for the remains that remain from the prey of other carnivorous animals: bears, foxes, wolves and lynxes.

The food is mostly made up of the bones of the Les that prey animals do not consume. They lift each bone into the air and let it fall from a height of about. 70 m.

Sometimes he insists on lifting and letting a bone fall and 40 times for it to be crushed by rocks in the end. This tendency to throw bones is native to bearded Eagles, and their throwing skills develop over time.

They seek to catch in the beak especially the bone marrow and small fragments of bones that are dissolved with the help of a strongly acidic gastric juice from the stomach.

Features Zagan

The Zagan is one of the largest Eagles in the old world, having a body length of 1-1.2 m,wingspan of 2.3-2.8 m and weight of 4.5-7 kg. It has huge wings, long, a little narrow and angular, black in color with gray shades.

The tail is long and wide, with feathers that have the same color as the wings. On the ventral side of the body the plumage is rusty with yellow shades, the chest is rusty-dark, and the head with lighter shades. Interesting is his tap-like black beard and black spots on his head, in the area between his eyes and beak.

That's why it was also called the bearded Eagle. The two sexes have similar plumage, they differ only by the fact that the female is slightly larger than the male.

The eyes have a yellow iris and a red leather ring around them. The legs are robust, covered on the upper part with feathers, and the thick fingers end with sharp and very well developed claws.

Reproduction Zagan

Bearded Eagles build their nests only on inaccessible rocks at very high depths. They are very large, and the material used includes many tree branches, bones, feathers and animal hair.

During the mating period, from late December to early February, the female lays in the Nest a number of two white eggs with yellow spots, the second appears at a distance of one week from the first.

They are hatched for about 58 days by the female, sometimes being replaced by the male only 2-3 hours a day while he goes to look for food. After hatching, the chicks come out and start screaming for food from the first moment.

This at first consists only of meat, after at least a week they will also ingest small fragments of bones. In some cases, the more robust chick can kill the weaker chick in order to benefit only from the food brought by the parents.

Young birds reach maturity at the age of 5-7 years.

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