One of the two young Egyptian Vultures born in 2017 in the Grands Causses was found near the Dourbie River on 10 September 2017. He, as well as his parents, had not been seen since a week by the LPO and Natural Park team of Grands Causses . Lightweight (1.4kg), but with not apparently harmed, it was released on 12 September, not far from his nest and without his parents, probably gone on migration.
It did not move during 2 days and was recaptured on 14 September and kept in Millau Center. Necessary analyzes willl be done to search for physiological problems, lead, etc … He will be kept here during winter and potentially released next spring. This species remains rare in the Grands Causses and every young is important !
LPO Grands Causses
The three adult Egyptian vultures captured and tagged this summer within the LIFE RUPIS project have now been named, after a vote in which hundreds of people voted on their names.
The male captured at the Escalhão supplementary feeding site in June was named Douro, while the female was named Faia. As for the male captured in July in the Bruçó supplementary feeding site, it was named after the site and the nearby village: Bruçó.
The other two birds followed had been named Poiares (the female found weakened in Poiares village) and Rupis (the bird captured and tagged last year).
A new paper researching the Dietary habits of Egyptian vultures in Sicily has been published recently. The study was based on the analysis of prey remains collected in nests from 2005 to 2009.
More than 50% of prey items were mammals (predominantly Wild Rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus), 35% were birds and 10% were domestic poultry. Compared with similar studies done in 1981 and 2002, there were significant differences in diet composition, with an observed reduction of livestock remains and the increase of wild medium size mammals and birds in the diet.
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