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

31

Mar

2020

Research review: Intensive monitoring reveals interesting parenting behaviours of Egyptian Vultures during the nesting cycle

Egyptian Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sun

29

Mar

2020

Research review: New study illustrates how larger vulture species and older individuals are most dominant when competing at carcasses

Cinereous and Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous and Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

27

Mar

2020

Four Egyptian Vultures are back on our radar - will they migrate back to Europe?

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Thu

19

Mar

2020

Life, vultures and COVID19 – we live in a brand-new world

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Sun

15

Mar

2020

IUCN's Vulture Specialist Group position on the role of vultures in disease transmission

Bearded Vulture (c) AmandaGuercio
Bearded Vulture (c) AmandaGuercio
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Tue

10

Mar

2020

Egyptian Vulture Faia is the first LIFE Rupis bird to safely cross the Strait of Gibraltar on her way back home this spring

(c) VCF
(c) VCF
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Wed

04

Mar

2020

Intentional poisoning of wildlife is now a crime in Albania

(c) AOS
(c) AOS
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Wed

26

Feb

2020

The VCF at the CoP13 of the Convention for Migratory Species

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Thu

20

Feb

2020

Vulture MsAP Strategic Implementation Plan Launched

African White-backed Vulture (c) Andre Botha
African White-backed Vulture (c) Andre Botha
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Sat

15

Feb

2020

Recent wildlife poisoning in Croatia left many animal casualties

The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
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Sat

08

Feb

2020

Sign the petition to help protect Egyptian Vultures in Aragon (Spain)

Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

28

Jan

2020

Results from the three methods used to release captive-bred Egyptian Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes in 2019

(c) Yana Nikolova
(c) Yana Nikolova
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Sat

25

Jan

2020

Research review: Technical-scientific order for the analysis of the diet of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in the Douro Canyon

Egyptian Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
Egyptian Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
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Thu

23

Jan

2020

More Egyptian Vultures tagged with GPS transmitters in Ethiopia and new insights into the threats they face revealed

© Volen Arkumarev
© Volen Arkumarev
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Fri

17

Jan

2020

What duties do Egyptian Vulture pairs share during the breeding period?

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Wed

15

Jan

2020

Released Egyptian Vulture Kate found dead in Western Sicily after spending only two months on the island

Kate photographed by Carmelo Fiore during her stop in Calabria
Kate photographed by Carmelo Fiore during her stop in Calabria
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Tue

07

Jan

2020

Five feeding sites built in the Greek part of Rhodope Mountains as part of LIFE Re-Vultures

After 9 months of operation, 10 Griffon Vultures, 5 Cinereous Vultures and Egyptian Vulture pair have been recorded.
After 9 months of operation, 10 Griffon Vultures, 5 Cinereous Vultures and Egyptian Vulture pair have been recorded.
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Mon

30

Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation – 2019 Overview

(c) Bruno Berthemy
(c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

28

Dec

2019

Egyptian Vulture Conservation – 2019 Overview

Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Mon

23

Dec

2019

Der Falke special issue on vultures: Biology - Threats - Conservation

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Sun

22

Dec

2019

Are Egyptian Vultures under threat from NSAIDs in Greece?

Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

13

Dec

2019

Wildlife-human conflict in Greece: wolves, vultures and actions

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Wed

04

Dec

2019

Bulgaria is about to adopt a national strategy to combat illegal wildlife poisoning

(c) Dimitar Gradinarov
(c) Dimitar Gradinarov
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Tue

03

Dec

2019

Vulture Conservation Foundation Film - Together for Vultures

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Sun

24

Nov

2019

Joint efforts save young Egyptian Vulture Anna

Egyptian Vulture Anna (c) Volen Arkumarev
Egyptian Vulture Anna (c) Volen Arkumarev
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Thu

21

Nov

2019

The second round of interviews to investigate wildlife poisoning in Albania

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Fri

08

Nov

2019

Great international cooperation allows for the release of Egyptian vulture Iberia in Europe's only wintering area – but the bird had Africa on its mind!

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Thu

31

Oct

2019

Vulture Research Update: October 2019

Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

29

Oct

2019

How many vultures are there in the Alps?

Griffon Vultures in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

12

Oct

2019

The epic migration of the Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Joseba Alberdi
Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Joseba Alberdi
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Mon

07

Oct

2019

An overview of the European Vulture Conference

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Wed

02

Oct

2019

Day 2 of the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

01

Oct

2019

Day 1 of the European Vulture Conference

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Sat

28

Sep

2019

More LIFE Rupis Egyptian Vultures migrated to Africa

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Tue

24

Sep

2019

The European Vulture Conference is a week away - what to expect

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Wed

18

Sep

2019

Sara and Tobia returned to Africa

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Sat

14

Sep

2019

Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar: Egyptian Vultures Britango and Faia on the move

Equipping Faia with a GPS transmitter in 2017 (c) VCF
Equipping Faia with a GPS transmitter in 2017 (c) VCF
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Wed

11

Sep

2019

New study reveals amazing flexibility of migration among Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vultures soar and glide from Europe to Africa and back every year (c) Bruno Berthemy
Egyptian Vultures soar and glide from Europe to Africa and back every year (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

10

Sep

2019

Eight captive-bred Egyptian Vultures released in Italy to boost the population

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Sat

07

Sep

2019

Get to know Europe's vultures - key facts and conservation

Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

06

Sep

2019

The mystery of the Egyptian Vulture in Lamoso feeding station…solved!

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Wed

28

Aug

2019

Egyptian Vulture Tizón continues to surprise us with his movements

Tizón in NP Monfragüe - picture taken in 2018 (c) Ángel Sanchez
Tizón in NP Monfragüe - picture taken in 2018 (c) Ángel Sanchez
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Tue

27

Aug

2019

Together we can save vultures

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Thu

22

Aug

2019

Portuguese Action Plan for the Conservation of Necrophagous Birds finally published in Diário da República

Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Svetoslav Spasov
Egyptian Vulture in flight (c) Svetoslav Spasov
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Tue

13

Aug

2019

Four captive-bred Egyptian Vultures released into the wild in Bulgaria

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Thu

08

Aug

2019

Continuing our monitoring efforts to understand Egyptian Vulture behaviour in the Douro (Spain-Portugal border)

One of the young Egyptian Vultures recently tagged with a GPS transmitter (c) Carlos Pacheco ATN/António Monteiro ICNF
One of the young Egyptian Vultures recently tagged with a GPS transmitter (c) Carlos Pacheco ATN/António Monteiro ICNF
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Sat

03

Aug

2019

Update on summer movements of LIFE Rupis Egyptian Vultures: July 2019

Fitting Douro with a GPS transmitter in 2017 (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
Fitting Douro with a GPS transmitter in 2017 (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Thu

01

Aug

2019

Announcing the Scientific Programme of the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

23

Jul

2019

Five Griffon Vultures tagged in Western Iberia to reveal feeding behaviour

Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

20

Jul

2019

4 Vultures - Photography Contest

Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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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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