Occupied Egyptian vulture territories in Bulgaria and Greece in 2014

13.07.2014
Egyptian vulture in Eastern Rhodopes (photo: Natasha Peters)

The number of breeding pairs of Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria and Greece continue to decline with results from monitoring showing a total of six pairs less in 2014 compared to 2013.


During this breeding season, the team of the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” found a total of 13 active territories in Greece, nine of them occupied by pairs (three pairs less compared to 2013) and four by single birds. The detailed picture is: in Thrace – six pairs; and in rest of Greece – three pairs and four single birds (one more expedition by HOS team will be carried out in Epirus in July to explore the new territories found in the area). Regarding the breeding success: the six pairs in Thrace so far breed successfully (five pairs have one chick and one pair has two); from the three pairs in the rest of Greece, one did not breed and two probably failed (one of them for sure – chick died due to unknown reasons).


In Bulgaria, a total of 25 active territories confirmed with a total of 23 pairs (three pairs less compared to 2013) and two single birds.  The detailed picture is: 17 pairs and a single bird in Eastern Rhodopes; six pairs and a single bird in North-eastern Bulgaria. In June 3 more floaters were reported in the country: a subadult and an immature in Western Stara Planina; one adult near Kotel, all birds found near feeding stations maintained by the project LIFE08 NAT/BG/000278 implemented by Green Balkans, FWFF and BPPS. In Bulgaria, the breeding success of the pairs will be checked in July.

 

Egyptian vulture in Kotel vulture restaurant (photo: FWFF)
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