Between 22 February and 20 August 2016, the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular Jbel Moussa and its surroundings, experienced an important passage of soaring birds belonging to different species, of which several are rare in Morocco such as the Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii), the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) and the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina). A Rüppell’s Vulture was recovered and then marked with wing-tags (white codes ‘M1’ on black background) and a radio transmitter.
A new paper of Massimiliano Di Vittorio and co-authors about the first documented case of a long-distance movement of an Egyptian Vulture (4th plumage individual) from the French population to Sicily. This observation opens a new perspective for the conservation of the small and endangered Sicilian Egyptian Vulture population, providing evidence that persistence of the Italian population may be aided by new input from other countries.
Dowload here Di Vittorio et al RINGING and MIGRATION 2016.pdf
The 2016 census of the Egyptian Vulture population in Catalonia has confirmed its increase in Central and eastern Catalonia. The team of Biologists for Conservation (University of Barcelona) and the Naturalists of Osona have actively monitored this vulture since 2012. The population has increased from 1 pair in 1988 to 28 occupied territories in 2016.
Since 2012, 79 young have been banded.
“The Life of the Egyptian vulture” gives you the opportunity to learn in an interactive way threats young vultures face. You as a player, play the role of the young vulture, which strives to survive in the nest. It’s free educational entertainment game aiming to increase the awareness of people about the problems and the life of this endangered species and to arouse keen interest among children to nature.
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 the Iberian population, because they have to make a detour across Turkey and the Middle East to avoid the Mediterranean Sea.
See more http://lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/430.html
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 and 2015, and results have just been published in Journal of Ornithology.
This suggests that management focussing on a small number of environmental variables is unlikely to be effective in slowing the decline of Egyptian Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula.
Elodie, young vulture released this summer in Bulgaria, succeeded his first crossing of the Mediterranean sea.
He reached the coast of Libya on october 4. He has now crossed the Sahara and was in southern Niger on october 21
2016 : In Greece and Bulgaria 26 youngs fledged (23 from 25 nestlings in Bulgaria and 3 from 6 in Greece).
In 2016 2 additional sites were occupied, for a total of 40. See http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/428.html
Within the framework of the LIFE project “The Return of the Neophron”, a short note on the first reported case of lead poisoning in an Egyptian vulture in the Balkans has been published in the latest issue of the Vulture News Journal. In 2014, an adult Egyptian vulture was found close to Kastoria, Northern Greece, with clear symptoms of lead poisoning. Although the X-rays revealed no shots embedded in its body, blood lead levels were extremely high, measuring 3210 μg/L.
More information can be found here
The alarming decline of the Balkan populations, increased from 600 pairs in the 80 to less than 60 in 2013. Read the article published in Bird Conservation International on this link.
Population decline and range contraction of the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the Balkan Peninsula.