European souslik (Spermophilus citellus)

The abundance of small prey is of importance and will assist the formation of nesting pairs of Black vulture in the chosen work areas. Accorind to publications on the Asian population of Black Vulture (Сыроечковский и др, 2000) and nonpublished data on the Spanish population of the species, individuals are often seen hunting on small prey. Among the typical prey species are European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Souslik and tourtoises. The Balkan alternatives of these species are young of European Hare (Lepus europaeus), European Souslik (Spermophilus citellus) and tortoises (T. heramnni and T. graeca). The hunting instinct is extremely strong at the start of the breeding season, when males hunt small prey and offer it to females. This bonding behavior is extremely important for young and newly formed pairs.
The action of recolonization of the souslik will be carried out in the Kotlenska planina SPA, in drect proximity to the vulture adaptation aviary, as well as in the Sinite kamani SPA.