Vulture News update Nepal

Vulture News update Nepal

Satellite track of captive bred vultures

To Date 17 wild Oriental White-backed Vultures have been satellite tagged in Nepal – at this point hey are all still alive and moving around (this was by no means a certainty!) The team is keeping a close watch on them, both in the UK and Nepal on computer, and in the field where Krishna from BCN has been able to personally observe the birds in the wild. At this point, 16 of the 17 birds are in Nepal, and one is in India but a few of the others have made brief forays across the border in the past.

In November we released six of the non-breeding captive-reared vultures, these were birds that were taken into captivity as chicks some years ago. As Nepal has moved so far with the vulture safe zones we decided to start the first releases. Next year we will be releasing some of those that we have successfully bred. The first six release birds have been making great progress and are now perching on top of trees and learning to soar (something they have never had the chance to do before!) They are feeding together with other wild vultures, and are also feeding alongside other scavengers like wild pigs. They have also been seen preening, and even mating with wild vultures which is exciting. See the pictures of the maps attached for some of the recent sightings.

Most of the tagged wild vultures are now involved in breeding/incubating. By tracking their movements, BCN have been able to find a new breeding colony – fantastic to see the information these birds have generated already being used to find out about things we can do to assist in their conservation.

Satellite traces from wild vultures

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