E. STOYNOV1, A. GROZDANOV2, H. PESHEV1 and D. PESHEV2
1 Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, BG – 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
2 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Biology, BG – 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
STOYNOV, E., A. GROZDANOV, H. PESHEV and D. PESHEV, 2013. Present distribution and conservation specifics of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus Linnaeus, 1758) in Southwest Bulgaria. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., Supplement 2, 19: 259–261
The present research concentrates on the actual status of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Southwest Bulgaria and the factors for the species critical decrease in the last decade. Information for the extinction of the last breeding pair in the region was included. The last successful breeding was documented in 2003. The research also covered observations during migration period and observations of non-breeding individuals. Conservation specifics for the species were presented in relation with the Griffon vulture reintroduction activities in the area. As a result of the regular artificial feeding, one immature individual was attracted and observed in Kresna gorge for a period of two months. The regular observations of the bird present the first success of species recent conservation, after the loss of all breeding pairs in the region. Supplemental feeding was also identified as a positive measure applied for the breeding pair in 2003. Two chicks were fledged successfully in the same year. Recommendations for future conservation activities were made.