Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is in Buseu,in Catalonia !

Roc Genèse, the first wild bearded vulture nestling ever tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees, is now in Buseu, in Catalonia – where a local NGO is promoting wildlife watching and socio-economic development based on vulture watching (see http://buseu.es/en/ ). There is a vulture watching observatory in there, associated with a supplementary feeding station, that […]

When age does not matter – 48 years old bearded vulture is still breeding

Vultures are long lived birds, and in captivity some birds may reach a very respectable age, around 50 years. Now, a 48-year-old male in the bearded vulture captive breeding networks is breeding – with a new mate too.

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Good news from the Alps – early start of the breeding season and already two new pairs of bearded vultures!

While the captive bearded vultures are keeping us really busy, their wild cousins are also breeding across European mountains. The first egg in the wild was registered one month later than the first clutch in captivity (Haringsee, 20.11.2017) – our Italian colleagues reported that the breeding pair in […]

The first captive bred bearded vulture of the 2018 season hatched in Haringsee (Austria)

Two days ago the first baby bearded vulture of the year hatched in Austria. As it often happens, it came in the middle of the night – at 4:00 a.m. on the 25th of January the first chick started to peck the egg at the […]

Bearded vultures in the French Pyrenees safer from disturbance from helicopter overflights

The Parc National des Pyrenees, conservation NGOs and the French electricity company EDF signed a new collaboration protocol that will minimize disturbance by helicopter flights to the breeding pairs of this rare vulture species in the department of the Haute-Pyrenees. […]

With more snowstorms coming to the Alps this week, bearded vultures are… breeding!

As yet another storm is about to dump very heavy snow in the Alps, bearded vultures there gallantly ignore the cold, the snow and the ice to go about their business – which at this time of the year means breeding!

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New paper: eggshell thickness from bearded vulture eggs from the Pyrenees decreased abruptly after 2004

Shell thickness of bearded vulture eggs from the period 1989 to 2012 (collected from nests after breeding failure and/or fledging) was compared with eggs collected from 1858 to 1911 (and now held in European museums) by Mauro Hernandez and colleagues. Their results, just published on Science of the […]

29 eggs and counting – busy period in the bearded vulture captive breeding network!

By the 3rd of January a total of 29 eggs had been laid in the bearded vulture captive breeding network – managed by the VCF under the auspices of the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). This compares with 30 eggs laid last year on the same date. Most of the eggs have […]

Bearded vulture Adonis, the great traveler, is back in the Grands Causses!

Adonis – the great traveler, is back home – it has been seen in the Grands Causses, where it was released in 2014 as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project. […]

1st egg of the 2017-2018 breeding season in the Bearded vulture captive breeding network

The first egg of the season in the bearded vulture captive breeding network (EEP) was laid last weekend by a female in the Richard Faust specialized captive breeding network in Haringsee, Austria, run jointly by the VCF and the Austrian NGO EGS. […]