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The love life of the Black Vultures of the Rescue Centre

The love life of the Black Vultures of the Rescue Centre

25.01.2017
After a long wait, the two Black Vultures kept at the Wildlife Rescue Centre has finally formed a pair!

The young family is formed by birds with permanent injuries, imported from abroad. The female came from Spain on 18.11.2011, provided by the Vulture Conservation Foundation.  On 22.04.2014 our colleagues from the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) secured the male, which arrived from Zoo de Doue, France. He arrived with a blocked joint and an open wound on the wing. The first meeting of our pair did not go too well – the female was just looking at the new bird, perched on the top, while the male, because of his injury, could only walk on the ground and could not even reach his fiancée. After we consulted a lot of experts and colleagues, within the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project, we made a full refurbishment of the aviary of the pair, constructing ladders and ways for the male to reach the top and the artificial nest. At the same time, the veterinarians of the Rescue Centre took care so that the two birds are in an optimal condition, despite their injuries.

We now see that our efforts pay back! Very recently the cameras we have installed in the aviary have allowed us to see the first courtship attempts. Black Vultures have a very specific courtship rituals, standing next to each other, gently preening each other. In addition to that, our pair got interested in their nest, collecting nesting material and arranging it. This is why we are so excited and optimistic, hoping to announce their very first egg soon!

Black Vulture is considered extinct as nesting in Bulgaria, even though individuals from Northern Greece are often seen looking for food in our country. Our efforts to attract them, installing artificial nests and providing regular food have not earned results so far and this is why we initiated the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project, together with FWFF, to start releasing here birds imported from Spain.

For more information, please contact:
Elena Stoeva – Project Manager LIFE14 NAT/BG/649, phone: +359 887574699, е-mail: etilova@greenbalkans.org