Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Common name in other languages:
Dutch Aasgier; German Schmutzgeier; French Perconptère d´Egypte; Spanish Alimoche; Portuguese Britango; Swedish Smutsgam

Size: 58-70 cm

Weight: 1,6-2,2 kg

Wingspan: 155-170 cm

Life expectancy: up to 37 years in captivity

 

Features: This vulture species is considerably smaller than the other vultures in Europe. Adult animals have a bald yellow head and throat, and a white collar. The plumage is a creamy white, in sharp contrast with the black wing coverts. Young birds are brown with paler wings coverts, and slowly whiten with each mould. Like Bearded vultures, Egyptian vultures sometimes rub themselves with soil rich in ferric oxides, hence the German name ‘Schmutzgeier’.

 

Distribution: During the last decades, the number of Egyptian vultures declined dramatically in Europe. The largest European population is located in Spain (1300 to 1500 pairs). Except in France, where there are currently around 70 breeding pairs, the number of birds across Europe is still decreasing sharply, with over 50% in the last three generations.

 

Behaviour: Egyptian vultures are opportunists and eat very varied. Their diet consists mainly of carrion, but also small mammals, young birds, fish, eggs and even rotting fruit. The species can fly up to 80 kilometers per day in search of food. Due to their smaller size, Egyptian vultures must often wait for other species to have finished eating. The thin beak is perfectly adapted to catch the small pieces of leftover meat on carcasses. Also, they can break an egg by repeatedly dropping stones on it.

 

The Egyptian vulture is the only European vulture that migrates to Africa in winter. This is why they breed later in the year than other vulture species, and lay on average two eggs in April or May. Couples build nests together, in rocky areas, often on cliffs. 

 

Tue

16

Jul

2019

Restoring natural feeding scenarios for Cinereous Vultures in Spain

Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Wed

10

Jul

2019

Our latest keynote speaker at the European Vulture Conference, Dr Steffen Oppel, will discuss Egyptian Vulture threats and conservation strategies

Egyptian Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Wed

03

Jul

2019

The many challenges and adventures of the recently released Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria

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Tue

25

Jun

2019

Egyptian Vultures are losing their reign in the Balkans

Egyptian Vulture at Kotel Mountain (c) Hristo Peshev
Egyptian Vulture at Kotel Mountain (c) Hristo Peshev
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Tue

18

Jun

2019

Securing the future of vultures in Israel

Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
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Sat

15

Jun

2019

New hope for Egyptian Vultures as eggs keep on hatching at the Green Balkans' Rescue centre

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Wed

05

Jun

2019

How do vultures contribute to our environment?

Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

01

Jun

2019

Egyptian vultures Sara and Tobia finally returned to Italy

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Fri

31

May

2019

Griffon Vulture conservation actions in Sardinia attracted Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Thu

30

May

2019

First flights of freedom for captive-bred Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria

One of the captive-bred Egyptian Vultures photographed at a feeding station after their release
One of the captive-bred Egyptian Vultures photographed at a feeding station after their release
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Tue

28

May

2019

The mystery of Egyptian Vulture Douro's lost GPS transmitter

Egyptian Vulture Douro's transmitter (c) Antonio Monteiro
Egyptian Vulture Douro's transmitter (c) Antonio Monteiro
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Sat

25

May

2019

Harshest wildlife poisoning penalty in Spain's history

Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
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Thu

09

May

2019

Three young Egyptian Vultures are on their way to freedom in Bulgaria

A young Egyptian Vulture donated by Jerez Zoo in Spain being transported to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre ahead of its release into the wild (c) Green Balkans
A young Egyptian Vulture donated by Jerez Zoo in Spain being transported to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre ahead of its release into the wild (c) Green Balkans
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Tue

07

May

2019

Captive-bred Egyptian Vulture Sara continues her travels as she reaches Italy after her first migration

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Fri

26

Apr

2019

Will Captive-bred Egyptian Vulture Sara Cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy?

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Sat

20

Apr

2019

Which Egyptian Vulture won the race back to the Balkans?

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Mon

25

Mar

2019

Ahead of the 2019 Egyptian Vulture breeding season in France let's look back at the results from the 2018 season

Egyptian Vulture Humboldt returning to the French Pyrenees from his 2019 Spring migration
Egyptian Vulture Humboldt returning to the French Pyrenees from his 2019 Spring migration
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Thu

28

Feb

2019

The LIFE Rupis International Meeting sharing good practice in Egyptian Vulture conservation

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Sat

16

Feb

2019

Spring migration is underway for LIFE Rupis Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vuture in flight (c) Boris Belchev
Egyptian Vuture in flight (c) Boris Belchev
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Sat

02

Feb

2019

Following the migratory Egyptian Vulture from Bulgaria to Ethiopia for Egyptian Vulture New LIFE's Africa 2019 Workshop

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Fri

25

Jan

2019

A bumper year for Egyptian Vultures in the 2018 breeding season in Bulgaria

A breeding pair of Egyptian Vultures in 2018 (c) Maurice Sabatier/Egyptian Vulture New LIFE
A breeding pair of Egyptian Vultures in 2018 (c) Maurice Sabatier/Egyptian Vulture New LIFE
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Fri

14

Dec

2018

Results from the Bulgarian experiment testing release methods of captive-bred Egyptian vultures

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Fri

07

Dec

2018

Survey of Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia suggests the population has declined since 2014

Surveying Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia (c) Macedonian Ecological Society.
Surveying Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia (c) Macedonian Ecological Society.
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Tue

27

Nov

2018

The 24th Meeting of the French Vulture Network

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Thu

22

Nov

2018

New research review reveals the extent of lead contamination in wild vultures.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

A great success for Egyptian vultures breeding in Greece in the 2018 breeding season but threat of poisoning is real

Breeding pair of Egyptian vultures in Meteora (c) D.Vavylis HOS/BirdLife Greece
Breeding pair of Egyptian vultures in Meteora (c) D.Vavylis HOS/BirdLife Greece
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Tue

13

Nov

2018

Multiple raptors, including vultures, continue to be killed by electrocution

(c) RSCN
(c) RSCN
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Tue

06

Nov

2018

Working to save vultures in the Balearics

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Wed

31

Oct

2018

Latest Egyptian vulture census of Albania reveals a new occupied territory

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Sat

27

Oct

2018

Over 800 Egyptian vultures counted in Turkey on their migration

Raptors, including Egyptian vultures migrating south to their wintering grounds
Raptors, including Egyptian vultures migrating south to their wintering grounds
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Fri

26

Oct

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in the Balkans reach wintering grounds

Akaga spotted traveling on her migration
Akaga spotted traveling on her migration
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Thu

25

Oct

2018

Egyptian vultures Rupis and Douro reached their wintering grounds 

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Mon

15

Oct

2018

Understanding and tackling the electrocution and collision threats to vultures - Andalusia seminar

Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
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Fri

28

Sep

2018

POISON KILLS! A new LPO publication helping to fight illegal wildlife poisoning in the French Pyrenees

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Italy found dead in Sicily and Tunisia during their migration to wintering grounds

Egyptian vulture Bianca found dead in Tunisia in September 2018
Egyptian vulture Bianca found dead in Tunisia in September 2018
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Fri

14

Sep

2018

Happy ending for Portuguese cinereous vulture pair that lost chick to fire last year

Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
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Wed

12

Sep

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria now on the move!

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Tue

11

Sep

2018

Vultures at risk from changes to regulations in Spain’s Asturias region

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Tue

04

Sep

2018

Egyptian vultures are migrating to Africa!

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Mon

03

Sep

2018

One less Egyptian vulture in the Balkans - and what an horrible death!

Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
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Sat

01

Sep

2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Thu

30

Aug

2018

LIFE Rupis - Conserving Egyptian vultures in Portugal and Spain

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Mon

27

Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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Sat

25

Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Fri

24

Aug

2018

First Egyptian vulture tagged with a GPS in LIFE Rupis project in the Douro Canyon resurfaces (again)

Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
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Wed

22

Aug

2018

Two more Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria in innovative experiment to test release techniques: hacking

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Mon

20

Aug

2018

New study reveals the impact of illegal poisoning in Greece

Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
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Fri

10

Aug

2018

Second attempt at fostering Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest

Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
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Wed

01

Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Wed

25

Jul

2018

Tracking Egyptian vultures in the Douro region of Spain and Portugal

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Fri

13

Jul

2018

Egyptian vultures in Oman feature in new short documentary

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Tue

03

Jul

2018

Results from experimental fostering of a captive-bred Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest in Bulgaria

Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
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Thu

28

Jun

2018

Following Egyptian vultures to Niger

Egyptian vulture standing on a rock
Egyptian vulture in its overwintering ground in Niger
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Tue

19

Jun

2018

Testing different release techniques of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria: delayed release

Young captive bred Egyptian vulture sitting on a grassy area
Captive bred Egyptian vulture in released into the wild
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Thu

14

Jun

2018

Introducing Egyptian Vulture New LIFE

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Sun

03

Jun

2018

LIFE Rupis: Investigating the movements of breeding Egyptian vultures in the Douro region.

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Thu

31

May

2018

Sara and Tobia are on their way north, will Europe be next?

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Sun

20

May

2018

Egyptian vulture Rupis invades the schools - a day with the LIFE Rupis environmental education programme

School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
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Sat

12

May

2018

Celebrating the Egyptian vulture on World Migratory Birds Day, 2018.

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Thu

03

May

2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Fri

27

Apr

2018

Update on Vulture Research

Latest vulture science analysed: Movements of Egyptian vultures in the Middle East and East Africa; the potential impacts of land use change on cinereous vulture occurrence in Spain; stakeholder perceptions of Egyptian vultures; a review of the contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being; and an article on the association between lead toxicity and hunting activity in Botswana

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Fri

20

Apr

2018

And Rupis reappears from the darkness – 4 out of 5 Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro are still transmitting – while Sara is still in Africa

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Tue

03

Apr

2018

Vote for Egyptian vultures!

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Fri

30

Mar

2018

Egyptian vulture in the Western European flyway – experts identify priorities and discuss future collaboration

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Fri

09

Mar

2018

Wandering Tayeh – the Egyptian vulture in Oman. is staying close to home

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Tue

06

Mar

2018

Here comes the next one - Egyptian vulture Faia is on her way north!

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Mon

05

Mar

2018

Egyptian vultures go into the classroom in the Douro!

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Diary of the migration – the journey of the Egyptian vulture Douro

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Thu

22

Feb

2018

Egyptian vulture Douro has now crossed the Atlas Mountains and is around Marrakesh – soon he will be in Gibraltar

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Mon

19

Feb

2018

Somewhere in Oman, there is an Egyptian vulture looking for a name – will you help us choose one?

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Mon

19

Feb

2018

What are Egyptian vultures doing in Oman? – Research and conservation action supported by the VCF

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Fri

16

Feb

2018

Egyptian vulture Douro starts its migration to Europe!

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Sun

17

Dec

2017

Egyptian vulture conservation in Sicily – project LIFE Conrasi

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Sun

03

Dec

2017

Tragic end for a Balkan Egyptian vulture – killed in Niger for bushmeat

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Sun

26

Nov

2017

The status of Egyptian Vulture in Armenia - 50 + pairs

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Tue

21

Nov

2017

The guirre blues – or the song of the Canary islands Egyptian vulture

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Mon

20

Nov

2017

Five out of five! Egyptian vulture Faia re-surfaced in Mali after two months

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Thu

09

Nov

2017

RUPIS project partners discuss the progress on the fight against poison in the Douro canyon

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Tue

07

Nov

2017

Egyptian vultures – and our LIFE RUPIS – on this month´s edition of National Geographic Portugal

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Wed

25

Oct

2017

After one month, Egyptian vulture Poiares comes back to LIFE in Senegal

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Mon

16

Oct

2017

Adult Egyptian vulture seen in Sardinia

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Fri

06

Oct

2017

Egyptian vulture Douro reaches its winter grounds too!

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Sun

01

Oct

2017

Egyptian vulture Rupis arrived at the wintering area in Mali

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Mon

25

Sep

2017

Finally Egyptian vulture Poiares goes to Africa too

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Mon

18

Sep

2017

And there goes Rupis!

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Fri

15

Sep

2017

Apollo made its way to Tunisia!

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Fri

08

Sep

2017

Migration time - Egyptian vultures on the move!

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 6 – vet diclofenac - did you know…?

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 5 – European vultures - did you know…?

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 3 – Egyptian vulture – did you know…?

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Thu

31

Aug

2017

And there goes Douro!

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Sat

26

Aug

2017

Egyptian vulture Faia is already in Africa!

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Fri

25

Aug

2017

Three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro named – and one of them has already started the migration to Africa.

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Wed

23

Aug

2017

Mixed results in this year´s experimental release of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Italy – 1 bird died and 2 had to be recaptured, but Apollo is doing well

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Wed

16

Aug

2017

Young Egyptian vultures flying everywhere in the Douro canyon

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Sat

05

Aug

2017

Vote to name three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro

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Tue

25

Jul

2017

One more Egyptian vulture has been captured and tagged in the Douro – 5 so far!

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Fri

14

Jul

2017

EU visits the LIFE Rupis project

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Thu

06

Jul

2017

Tomorrow´s Greek vultures will depend on today´s Greek children

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Tue

04

Jul

2017

Training of Portuguese partners on tagging vultures with GPS tags

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