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. […]

Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal

Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of […]

135 pairs of Endangered Egyptian vultures in the Douro canyon Portugal

Photo: Bruno Berthémy/VCF

The results of the exhaustive breeding census of Egyptian vultures in the transboundary Douro canyon – done last summer by teams from the ICNF, the Portuguese nature conservation agency, and from the Arribes del Duero Natural Park, revealed that there are 135 pairs of Egyptian vultures along […]

Migration bottlenecks of Balkan Egyptian vultures Neophron percnopterus tracked by satellite telemetry

Egyptian Vulture: Image by Bruno Berthémy

Recent spatial analysis on the migration routes of 14 Egyptian vultures (both adults and immatures),done in the framework of the LIFE Return of the Neophron project, revealed that the Egyptian vultures from the Balkans are flying longer and more tortuous migration routes than the birds from […]

Landscape factors affecting territory occupancy and breeding success of Egyptian Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula: new paper

Egyptian Vulture. Photo Bruno Berthémy

Data on territory occupancy and breeding success for 87 different territories of the Endangered Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the Balkans were correlated with 48 different environmental variables to understand the relative influence of various factors on population declines. The analysis included 405 breeding events between 2003 […]

Tragic news from captive-bred Egyptian vultures Regina and Lom – both drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean

When Regina, and then Lom – two of the three captive bred Egyptian Vultures released this year in Bulgaria – crossed from Turkey to Cyprus on their migration south, our hearts sunk. We knew already that about 70% of all tagged wild nestlings from the Balkans ended up drowning in the Med in […]

Three captive-bred Egyptian vultures fledged successfully from their hacking cavity in Bulgaria

Just a few days after the first flight of the juvenile of the only wild pair of Egyptian vulture left in the region of Lomovete (NE Bulgaria), the hack of the three captive-bred fledglings that were earlier transported to Bulgaria to be released there was finally opened last week.

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New paper suggests that nest guarding and supplementary feeding failed to increase productivity and survival of Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans

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Egyptian vultures eluded us at the Douro, Spain

Egyption Vulture

Last week a team from the Vulture Conservation Foundation, Junta de Castilla y Leon, Fundación de Patrimonio Natural, SPEA, ATN and Palombar (all partners in the LIFE RUPIS project) spent several days in the field at the Natural Park Arribes del Duero (Spain, just […]

Egyptian vultures increasing in Catalonia

While the European population of this bird of prey is generally declining, that of Catalonia has been increasing for two decades – answers to this may prove essential to revert the conservation situation with this endangered species.

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