Quest for Egyptian vultures in Albania

17.08.2012
Observation of a rubish dump in Albania (BSPB/S.Nikolov)

On the Balkans, the Egyptian vulture inhabits five countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey and Albania. The breeding population in Bulgaria and Greece is monitored regularly in relation to the implementation of the LIFE+ project “Return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152). During this year, a monitoring of the breeding population in Macedonia was conducted and a survey on the breeding population in Turkey was initiated thanks to the supplementary funding kindly provided by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

After the expedition in Ipeiros, during the period 9-16.08.2012 a second Bulgarian-Greek expedition, with the participation of BSPB and HOS, was organized with the aim to update the status of the breeding population of Egyptian vultures in Albania. The teams surveyed the old nests in southern part of the country where according to literature sources the highest density was observed. More than 20 known breeding territories were visited and 7 among them were found still active. During the fieldwork, a lot of Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni) were also observed.

Preliminary information on the Egyptian vulture distribution in Albania was kindly provided by Ben Hallman.

 

For more information:

 Vladimir Dobrev
 Conservation Officer
“The return of the Neophron” LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152
e-mail:
vladimir.dobrev@bspb.org

Landscape in southern Albania (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
Observation of Egyptian vulture's breeding teritory in Albania (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
Nest of Egyptian vulture in Albania (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
Landscape in southern Albania (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
The sheep and goats are the commonest livestock in Albania and their numbers increase in the last years (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
The sheep and goats are the commonest livestock in Albania and their numbers increase in the last years (BSPB/S.Nikolov)
Lesser Kestrels / Falco naumanni / (BSPB/G.Gerdzhikov)
The team (BSPB/G.Gerdzhikov)
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