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03/12/2019
Spring is almost upon us and so are the lesser kestrels at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center in Stara Zagora.
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03/06/2019
Yesterday, the team of the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center spotted the first Lesser kestrel to return for this year in the sky above the Center.
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03/06/2019
Green Balkans received a valuable technological donation in the form of hosting services for the period of 5 years, disk space of up to 120 GB, as well as hosting services from the SiteGround company. Such support is extremely important for a non-governmental organization like Green Balkans.
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02/28/2019
Nine more birds arrived in the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center yesterday.
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02/25/2019
The first Lesser kestrel has returned to natal colony few days ago
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.