The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is mostly a summer visitor, although the Balearic and Canary Islands populations are resident. Some winter regularly in Peninsular Spain and winter roosts, mainly in Cáceres (Extremadura) and Doñana National Park (Andalusia), have been found since the mid 1980s and the 1990s, respectively.

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The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a regular visitor of middens and rubbish dumps where it feeds on offal and organic waste. Photo by Ugo Mellone/Wildphoto.it

Sánchez et al. (2015) have recently published data on the wintering population in NW Cáceres during the period 2006 – 2014 where numbers vary considerably each year with a maximum of 48 individuals in 2014. Last winter 2014 – 2015 there were a record of 67 individuals in the study area, 78% of them adults and they estimate that the wintering population in Extremadura ranges from 90 – 100 individuals, being the largest wintering population in Europe.

References
– De Juana, E. & García, E. 2015. The birds of the Iberian Penísula. Christopher Helm. London

– Sánchez A., Abad J.M., Andevski J., Álvarez T., Rodríguez A., Rodríguez M. & Rodríguez P. (2015). First insights into the wintering population of Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Extremadura. Poster at the European Ornithologists Union Conference, 2015 (Badajoz, Extremadura/Spain).

 

Featured photo by Ugo Mellone/Wildphoto.it

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