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The pair bond of the newlywed Black vultures is getting stronger

The pair bond of the newlywed Black vultures is getting stronger

29.03.2019
The pair bond of the newlywed Black vultures is getting stronger
The newlywed Black vultures in the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center are living good family life together. Three months after the birds were accommodated in the breeding cage, we observe more and more signs of intimacy between them.
The typical courtship in vultures has a few characteristics. First comes the nest building. Until now only the male has been doing some constructions of the nest, while Cherna has only been keeping an eye on the process. But for a week now she has also been observed rearranging sticks in her own manner.

Another courtship displays in vultures is allopreening, while perching close to each other and bending head to the partner. This is not a rare event, which raises our hopes. The nest step we expect is Cherna laying an egg. And the chance is huge, as last year the egg was laid on March 28. Unfortunately, no copulations have been observed until now and the chance for fertile egg is poor.

Though scarce, the signs we monitor are good and arouse hopes that the future family life of the pair will be more successful.

The Black vulture breeding and reintroduction activities are implemented within project: