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A new study on the migration of Egyptian vultures

Because it is a migratory species, the protection of Egyptian vultures is more difficult than it is for the Griffon vulture, the Black vulture and the Bearded vulture.

Protecting the most threatened European vulture implies knowing its migratory routes and wintering areas. Therefore, these last ten years, researchers and environmentalists have been equipping bearded vultures with monitoring devices to document migration. The magazine “Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution” now publishes articles by scientists from Europe and the Middle East in which they combine their data and compare the various migratory routes of Egyptian vultures.
 

Egyptian Vulture Migration from Vulture Conservation Foundation on Vimeo.

What are the results of the 2019 monitoring of the Egyptian vultures population in the Balkans?

 Last June, environmental advocates from the Balkan Peninsula, from Bulgaria to Greece, closely monitored the Egyptian vulture population in the Balkans and the results are alarming. Indeed, they showed a significant decrease of their population. The number of occupied territories decreased by 32% (from 74 to 51) and the number of couples by 37% (from 71 to 45) between 2012 and 2019.

But some news give us hope !

 

It's official : Europe now counts 5 species of vultures !

We welcome a new bird in Europe : the Rüppell’s vulture!

The Rüppell's vulture (Gyps rueppelli) is a native of the Sahel region, in Africa, which was recently classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and its Resources (IUCN) in the category "Critically Endangered", the last category before global extinction.

New scientific article about the Egyptian vulture

Landfills provide food availabilty but have a negative impact on the physiology of Egyptian vultures

A recent study monitored a population of Egyptian vultures in the Iberian Peninsula and showed that birds prefer to nest in areas near landfills. Fledglings fed with food collected from landfills are "better fed" and experience "fewer food shortages" than those who are not, but this new food resource seems to have an impact on the health of Egyptian vultures.

From the article : Tauler-Ametlller, Helena, et al. "Domestic waste disposal sites secure food availability but diminish plasma antioxidants in Egyptian vulture." Science of The Total Environment 650 (2019): 1382-1391.

Scientific article about the Egyptian vulture

Long term link between the food diet and the breeding success in a declining population of Egyptian vultures.

Context :

Between 2000 and 2009, a study was carried out in Andalusia, southern Spain, whose aim was to analyse the productivity and food habits of Egyptian vultures in 13 territories. The annual 3.4 % decline of the inhabited territories is alarming. In less than a decade, the number of inhabited territories went down from 33 to 23 over the 170 000 km2 studied zone.

Ethiopian expedition for vulture conservation

From a press release by BSPB project manager Stoyan Nikolov for the group “Life for the Egyptian vulture”.

In January 2019, an expedition to Ethiopia was conducted jointly by BSPB, RSPB, Birdlife Africa, EWNHS, SCF, NCF and APLORI with three objectives :

  • Check the number of Egyptian vultures in Afar wintering sites and in a small area of the Oromia region.
  • Gather evidence of the main threats (poisoning, electrocution/collision, direct persecution) in order to implement appropriate conservation actions.
  • Fix GPS/GSM transmitters on Egyptian vultures.

Here below is a summary of the results of the expedition :

VULTURES INFO N° 35

The latest « Vulture info » magazine n° 35, dated winter 2018/2019, can now be downloaded.

The last French and international news about the monitoring and studies on various species, conservation actions, awareness raising and communication actions is available.
Enjoy the reading !

vaut_info-n°35.pdf

Ringing program – telemetric monitoring of the Egyptian vulture in France - 2018 follow up Report

Within the national action plan for the Egyptian vulture –“Plan national d’Actions Vautour percnoptère”- ringing and telemetric monitoring of the species are developing with all the association and institutional partners of the program, particularly for GPS tracking operations : the conservatory of natural areas in the French south-eastern region (Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels Région PACA) and the joint association of the Gardon gorges (Syndicat Mixte des Gorges du Gardon).

The various operations and results are presented in the follow-up report by Erick Kobierzycki, technical coordinator for the National Actions Plan "Egyptian vulture".

Ringing program – telemetric monitoring of the Egyptian vulture in France - 2018 follow up Report (in French)

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