The lammergeyer of north-eastern and south Africa is specifically distinct, and is known as Gypaetus meridionalis or G.
In some external characters the lammergeyer is intermediate between the families Vulturidae and Falconidae, and the opinion of systematists has from time to time varied as to its proper position.
The lammergeyer breeds early in the year.
But the lammergeyer has also a great partiality for bones, which when small enough it swallows.
The lammergeyer (Gypaetus barbatus), once common, is now extremely rare, even if it has not already become extinct in the Alps; but the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) still holds its own.