Specie: Bearded Vulture

Classification: Civilized or Mundane

Subcategory: Impure

Provinces: Mountain crags across Vose

Rarity: Uncommon

Average Height: 2-3 feet

Average Weight: 10-15 pounds

Average Length: 3-4 feet

Average wingspan: 7-9 feet

Average Lifespan: 40-50 years (30-40 for those who don’t live with a direwolf tribe)

Description: The bearded vulture is recognizable by their black “side burns,” feathers that grow from around the eye, down the face and fall over the side of the beak. They have a long black wedged shaped tail which helps them in their broad, soaring flight. They have huge wingspans which make them strong fliers, but they are not the fastest at turning or extreme flight aerobatics.

Bearded vultures are not found commonly in Alturas. They predominantly can be found in the mountains, with the majority of the population living in the Jaczin mountain range. There they have built a strong community and symbiotic relationship with the direwolves of the region.

Diet: Bearded vultures eat bones left behind by other predators. In most cases, the bearded vultures live in a symbiosis with the direwolves and scout ahead for their hunts. The bearded vultures lead the way to a kill and receive the bones as part of their payment.  Bearded vultures and direwolves live practically waste free.

Bearded vultures can eat bones up to the size of a sheep’s vertebrae. Although, the most common prey they share with the direwolf is the big horn sheep, whose bones can be double to triple the size of a typical sheep. To solve this problem, they drop the bones from large heights onto rocks, or have the wolves help break them into smaller pieces.  The larger bones mean higher quantities of marrow, which is high in nutrients. Because of this the bearded vultures that live with the tribes are much healthier and larger than those who don’t, and typically live 10-20 years longer than those who don’t.

Newborn vultures eat raw or cooked meat usually until their second moulting or third moulting, before they transition to eating bones.

Sexual Dimorphism: Males have longer sideburns which can reach lengths of 3-5 inches past the beak, creating a mustache like appearance, while females will only reach a half inch to an inch past the beak.

Colors and Markings: Bearded vultures are notable for the colorful rings around their eyes. These are typically a shade of bright red, pink, orange, or, on rare occasion, bright yellow. The tails are black, and tipped with white. The vultures have black facial markings and black wings. The rest of the head, neck, and body are naturally white. The birds usually rub natural dyes into their white feathers as a fashion statement or rarely as camouflage. This leads the birds to being various bright colors, all depending on their personal choice. Common dye colors are oranges and reds from clays and ferric oxides, and shades of greens from leaves.

During certain times of the year, feathers can be seen dyed purple or blue from berries. Having feathers dyed this color is an impressive feat as it takes a lot of time to gather the materials necessary, these birds are usually seen as very patient beings.. It is very uncommon to use multiple dyes to get multiple colors at once, and is usually looked down upon as unattractive.

Juvenile bearded vultures are completely dark, and undergo multiple moultings.

Common Magical Abilities: They are not overly magically but historically have a higher chance of having ferrokinetic abilities, which are incredibly rare. More commonly, bearded vultures will have abilities such as empathy, illusions, glamours, photokinesis, and aerona (seeing and knowing of an illness, and what it is, but not magically knowing how to treat it).

Physical Abilities:  Bearded vultures can reach heights up to 25,000 feet. They are typically awkward on the ground and can’t move very quickly. They have fast take off and landing speeds, and soar quite well.

Reproduction:. They typically have 1-2 eggs. tThe incubation period is typically 55 days.  Each pair typically only breeds one to two times in their life, leading to anywhere from 1- 4 children.

First flight typically is within 115-130 days.

Alturian bearded vultures were designed by Kristine Cordy. This page was written by her with minor edits.