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 […]

First bearded vulture in Israel for more than 10 years – and a bounty of black vultures too!

Some rare and unusual vultures have been seen in Israel this winter – including a very rare bearded vulture, and record numbers of black vultures. Both species bred in Israel in the past but are rarely seen these days.

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The bearded vulture breeding season is starting across Europe´s mountain ranges!

Bearded vultures are one of the earliest breeders in Europe – their timing perfectly adapted to have chicks in early spring, when many of the mountain herbivores on which they feed (when they die) have their first […]

After failing in the last 4 years, the only bearded vulture pair in Andorra successfully fledged a chick this year – see the incredible images

On the 24th of June, at 10:04 a.m., a 119 days old chick fledged from a bearded vulture nest in Andorra, the first success after 4 years of failures. This has been superbly documented through a high quality video camera that had been placed near the nest (see video above).

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Lead poisoning and vultures: new scientific contributions

Lead poisoning is a well-known threat to vultures and other scavengers, and in certain species and areas it may even be a significant threat – the recovery of the Californian condor is mostly hampered by this threat, while in the Alps lead poisoning may be the most significant threat to bearded vultures currently (since […]

2 Bearded Vultures poisoned last week in Andalusia, Spain, bringing the total for this year to 3.

An adult male bearded vulture was found dead, poisoned, in late September in Huescar (Granada) – the male was 6 years old. The post-mortem and toxicological analysis done afterwards indicated that it had died after ingestion of carbofuran, a powerful insecticide that has been banned but is often still used illegally to lace baits […]

Bearded vultures released in the Baronnies – a new reintroduction site – finally fledged

 

Girun and Volcaire – two young bearded vultures bred in captivity within the VCF managed captive-breeding network – were placed in the hacking platform on the 3rd of June, as part of the reintroduction project in the Alps-Grands Causses, now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project.

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Bearded vulture captive breeding for conservation – 2015 report published

Captive breeding has had a profound impact in returning the Bearded Vulture back into many former breeding locations throughout Europe

Now that the breeding season in the bearded vulture captive breeding network managed by the VCF has finished, we are also publishing the final results and report for last year´s. As […]

Young bearded vulture released in the Grands Causses dies due to viper bite

One of the two young females released earlier this year in the Grands Causses (Massif central, France) in the reintroduction project there, now under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, has recently died due to a snake (viper) bite.

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