Foundation project animal.

Animal chosen: Bearded Vulture.(Latin name: Gypaetus barbatus)

where they live: mostly on Alps, some on Europe and western China.

Male bird body lengths are 95 to 125 cm, the female body length are from 1 to 130 cm, with a wingspan of about 235-280 cm, they weigh about 5-7 kg. Body plumage is generally dark brown. Their name came from the black beard hanging on the peak.

They have head with gray color, with a black eye. On their back, neck, chest and abdomen have reddish-brown, with black spots on the back and their chest.

Normally female bird are bigger than male bird. They live at an altitude of 500 to 4000 m mountain Uncovered Rock area.Their nests are located at a cave or protruding cliff, with twigs piled platform. They mainly survive on rotted meat.

Early 20th century bearded vulture is relatively common bird in some mountain areas of Europe, and later, local people mistakenly believe that they are dangerous birds that kill livestock and started endless bearded vulture hunting,resulting in huge drop in their population.

I gave the vultures metal wings to protect themselves, these metal wings are bulletproof, and with the metal wings they can fly even farther to get food, so they won’t starved to death. In composition, I choose to draw a flying pose instead of standing still because I think flying post has more movement, also shows the strength of the body. (the number one printed on the bird’s back means this bearded vulture is the last bearded vulture on the Earth.)

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