6 chicks of black vulture to 2016!

Posted on 14/06/2016
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From 2013 we couldn´t increase de number of chick up to three and fortunately in this 2016 we will overcome this!

 

A female released in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

A female released in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

At the end of 2015 three black vultures in the breeding colony died. In addition these individuals were part of different breeding pairs. These facts do not presaged a good year 2016.

But fortunately at the beginning of year new couples formed and the number of these came up to 11. Of these eleven couples, ten of them have bring six chicks to the breeding colony  placed in National Hunting Reserve of Boumort, overcoming in this way the number of chicks born in the previous year!

In 2015 5 chicks were born but unfortunately two of them died after ten days. Currently, the six chicks born have already exceeded the days most critics, fact that makes us think that the great effort made by the black vultures will overcome the barrier of the three chickens flown in previous seasons.

The first chick, born of the French couple installed in the colony from 2015 (Montenegro and Pline), was born on April 13 and he already has 50 days of age. Together with this couple, other five more have given birth theirs chicks in the later days. One of these couples is formed by another French individual and a female released in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.

 

A chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest. © Marc Galvez/Trenca.

A chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest. © Marc Galvez/Trenca.

 

The biggest news in this breeding season represents the mixed couple formed by a Iberian female and a male released in 2012 (Ibex and Ares) that they have achieved their first chick in this 2015. The other three couples who have had a chick are couples with experience in previous years: Perla and Portell, Menta and Mario and Pessonada and Oriol.

The health of the colony is very good since the couples are taking experience and the colony is increasing. This increase is the result of the large number of young individuals involved and the flow of visitors from outside of the colony (both Iberian as French) that, in the end, they are installed and they breed with the couples of the Catalonian Pyrennes colony.

 

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

To see the video of a chick of this year season visit: https://youtu.be/JXcVhroRIzM

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

promoters:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

technical advice and execution:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

environmental education:

Environmental education

 

 

related links:

DAAM:
Buitre negro

FUNDACIÓ CATALUNYA - LA PEDRERA:
Territori i medi ambient

GREFA:
Reintroducción del buitre negro en los Pirineos

TRENCA:
Black Vulture

 

 

with the collaboration of:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

participate by donating black vultures:

(coming from wildlife rehabilitation centres)

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

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