Bearded vulture Roc Genèse came back to its natal area in the Pre-Pyrenees – his brother Flamadel could not be tagged

Roc Genèse, the first wild bearded vulture nestling ever tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees, came back to its natal area after months of wandering across the Central Pyrenees.

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Spectacular aerial duel between bearded vultures in the French Alps results in the death of one of them

We have recently published evidence about the natural mortality of an Egyptian vulture after an interaction with another raptor in Portugal – now news came from France that a fight between three bearded vultures resulted in the death of one of them. […]

Annual report for the 2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season just published – record breaking season, with 27 young produced and 17 reintroduced back to the wild.

A Bearded Vulture incubating a clutch of eggs in captivity

100 years after going extinct in the Alps, the bearded vulture is now back to the alpine skies – 40+ established territories and a record number (25!) of wild-born fledged young in 2016, in one of the most celebrated and spectacular wildlife […]

Human persecution still a threat to Himalayan bearded vultures

We have recently received the above photos from our colleague Tulsi Subedi, who is researching bearded vultures in the Himalayas. Tulsi had seen this brutal picture posted in social media last December. The photo was taken in Bajura district, in far-western remote mountainous area of Nepal.

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Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – National Park Hohe Tauern (Austria) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

Lead (Pb) is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes, leading to illness and mortality across a large spectrum of bird species, including vultures. Lead poisoning can result from numerous sources, including ingestion of bullet fragments and shot pellets left in animal carcasses, spent ammunition left in the field, lost fishing tackle, […]

Bearded Vultures: First two baby bearded vultures of the season hatched in Guadalentin

The first bearded vulture to hatch this year within our captive breeding network (bearded vulture EEP) came out on the early hours of the 28th January, from the first egg laid in this new breeding season by one of the breeding pairs from the bearded vulture captive breeding center in Guadalentín, managed by the […]

Bearded vultures in our captive breeding network kept laying eggs during Xmas and new Year!

While most of us took some time off to celebrate Christmas or New Year, our captive bearded vultures kept their human keepers busy monitoring their breeding, which is now in full swing. Three eggs were laid on Christmas eve – in Yerevan and Ostrava zoos, and in the bearded vulture captive breeding center in […]

Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

Bearded vulture Adonis – a young male released in 2014 in the Massif Central-Grands Causses, as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, and last recorded in the western Carpathian mountains in Romania in September, is now back in the French Alps (Vercors).

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The Corsican bearded vulture chick extracted from an unproductive nest earlier this year is a female and is doing well!

Last February a team from the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and from the VCF extracted an egg from a bearded vulture pair in Corsica that had not bred successfully for more than 30 years – an action that had been agreed by all relevant stakeholders under an emergency action plan to save this […]

A second bearded vulture territorial pair confirmed in Andalusia, Spain

During the breeding season 2014-15, when the first breeding success occurred in the Andalusia bearded vulture reintroduction project, a second pair was observed in a territory at the Sierras of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. Although the birds were very young (the male was born in 2010 and the female in 2012), some matting […]