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First egg of the new Black vultures pair in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center!

First egg of the new Black vultures pair in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center!

01.04.2019
The newly paired Black vultures laid their first egg! The birds have been together for three months now, but they already perform sympathies and courtship display.

Until a little while ago, the vultures in the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center were in the phase of getting to know and getting used to each other and their bond was not very passionate. As it suites to real men, Keyo first started displaying. He initiated nest building, trying to convince the female what an attentive lover he would be. Then the female also joined this initiation and even started dominating, but finally the nest building became mutual activity.

Gradually, their pair bond became strong, with displays of intimacy and gentle attitude towards each other. We witnessed a few attempts for copulation, but unfortunately, the birds are not yet experienced enough to breed.

Their first egg appeared yesterday, though probably infertile. Since the female has been breaking her eggs for two years in a row, we decided to immediately pull it out of the nest and place it in the incubator. This we intend to stimulate the birds to keep on with their courtship display and the attempts for copulations, and even to try laying a second egg.

Breeding Black vultures is an activity, performed in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center within project: