Griffon Vultures are breeding in Kresna Gorge in Bulgaria again after 60 years

Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Spain, December 2007, © Markus Jais

After a few Griffon Vultures escaped before the planned date for a reintroduction in Bulgaria, the birds already started the first breeding attempts in the Kresna Gorge in Bulgaria – after an absense of 60 years.

Emilian Stoynov from the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna wrote on the Balkan Vultures mailing list.

One pair is actively bringing sticks and is building nest and copulation was several times observed. It seems they will soon lay an egg. The nest is easily visible from the road in the gorge.

There is also second pair showing breeding behavior and it seems it is already incubating. But the breeding of this second pair is only indirectly documented, based on the presence of different birds at the feeding site and obvious changes of incubating partners.

There is also evidence for even third breeding pair. However this needs further confirmation.

The reintroduction project for the Griffon Vulture is a important step towards securing the future of this amazing species in Europe.

For more information, please visit the website of the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna:
http://fwff.org