Black vultures started mating in Bulgaria again!

Black vultures started mating in Bulgaria again!

Black vultures started mating in Bulgaria again, since the species has gone extinct for decades from the territory of the country. The pair is part of the breeding program of the Green Balkans' Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center.

The breeding vultures were paired more than a year ago, when the male Keyo arrived to Bulgaria and became partner of our female Cherna. After an inquiry among our supporters, the bird was named Keyo, suggested by Svilen Stamatov – Bulgarian Animal Transport, who donated and assisted for the transportation of the bird.

Last year the pair performed excellent courtship, but they never made it to copulate and as a result the female has laid an unfertilized egg.

This season they initiated nest building in December and recently they started copulating, which is a huge progress.

We hope for a successful season and acheiving one of the significant goals of the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 project - returning the species as breeding in Bulgaria again. There is a great chance for the Black vultures to start nesting in the wild as well, since two of the birds released in 2019 – Balkan and VCF Know How were observed courting by our field assistants.

We would like to thank Marleen Hugh, coordinator of the European endangered species program for the Black vulture (EBV EEP) for providing the male vulture to us and for her advisory for the Black vultures breeding methodology.

Also thanks to our colleagues from the Netherlandish zoo Ouwehands Dierenpark for donating the vulture and helping us make a good breeding pair.

For additional information:
Andreana Dicheva – breeding program assistant
mob. phone: 0877999192