Explaining the local history of the Egyptian vulture
- Neophron percnopterus - Maia Sarrouf Willson, research and conservation manager at ESO, "In the Arabian peninsula, this species is thought to have declined by 90 per cent over the last 50 years, and in 2008 it was categorised as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Shell as part of the second agreement, will fund a study about the Egyptian vulture
, a species known to be situated in a number of regions of Oman.
Along the scale of intelligence of bird species, Kurtev says, the Egyptian Vulture rates relatively highly.
Preserving, assisting and raising awareness about the Egyptian Vulture and the White-Headed Vulture are among the key tasks set itself by the Nature Conservation Centre Eastern Rhodopes, set up in 1994 by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and opened to the public four years later.
Unlike its White-Headed counterpart, the Egyptian Vulture migrates to northern Africa, raising the need for co-operation with authorities there too.
In May 2009, according to the BSPB website, such work led to the saving of a threatened Egyptian Vulture nest.
While carrying out monthly monitoring of the Egyptian Vulture, a BSPB team found that one of the pairs in the Provadiysko-Royaksko plateau Natura 2000 area was nesting in a niche in the cliffs, which is easily accessible to people through the use of an iron structure built to develop ecotourism.
This vulture restaurant was set up on the island as a conservation measure to provide food for the local subspecies and endangered Egyptian vulture
(Neophron percnopterus majorensis).
Efforts to date have shown that Egyptian vulture populations are rising in Oman but we must continue to identify potential threats and collaborate to discover solutions that provide safe habitats and a lasting impact.
The Egyptian vulture is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and reports suggest its worldwide population has declined by 90 per cent in the last 50 years.
A hatchling was born into a family of Egyptian vultures
living in Bulgaria this week, helping preserve a species whose numbers are rapidly declining across the region, a non-profit has said.
A manuscript reporting the results of the survey of Egyptian vultures
on dumpsites in Oman has been accepted for publication in the regional ornithological newsletter, Phoenix, with one of ESO's employees, a recent graduate, listed as the first author, while the field assistants are listed as co-authors.
Twenty years ago in Bulgaria there were about 100 couples of Egyptian vultures and in 2010 - only 33.
In 2010 twenty five couples of Egyptian vultures -75% of their population in Bulgaria - nested in the Eastern Rhodopes according to the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.
Meanwhile, the first couples of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) are back in the Eastern Rhodopes and began to set up their nests.