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More Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes

The population of breeding Griffon vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes keeps a positive trend, reaching 67 pairs in 2013, informs Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB). The organization has just finished the monitoring on the Griffon vultures in the region.

Three years ago, pairs were barely 47 and in 1991 – only 10!

During 2013 one of the best breeding successes and highest number of fledglings were registered since any kind of population statistics had been carried out since mid-80. 43 juveniles in total will fledge which accounts for breeding success of 0, 83. An interesting event during this breeding season was the participation in pair formation of two reintroduced birds with “local”, easternrhodopean birds, which consequently successfully bred.

Despite the successful breeding season this year, two adult Griffons were found dead, most likely caused by collision.


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