Vultures in Spain

Articles in ‘Vultures in Spain’

Lammergeyer continues recovery in Aragón

May 5th, 2017

Diclofenac NSAIDS and Spanish Vultures..

November 27th, 2014

The use of poison in Spain…. What is it killing?

March 21st, 2014

Diclofenac the Vulture killing drug is now available on EU market

March 9th, 2014

Vultures on the roads

April 5th, 2011

Lammergeyer eating a bone

March 30th, 2011

Vultures followed humans to the Canaries

December 16th, 2010

Vultures and climate change

October 18th, 2010

Black vulture: SEO’s bird of the year

March 23rd, 2010 SEO has named the black vulture (Aegypius monachus), as its bird of the year for 2010. Unlike previous spceies the black or monk vulture is not endangered, although it is certainly threatened. Rather it has been selected to highlight the fragile balance of this flagship species in sites such as Monfrague (Cáceres) and Peñalara (Madrid). There are some 2,000 breeding pairs of the species in Spain, up from just 200 in the 1960s. This said, the blight of poison is still responsible for many deaths.  Crónica Verde
The genus name Aegypius is a Greek word for ‘vulture’, or a bird not unlike one; Aelian describes the aegypius as “halfway between a vulture (gyps) and an eagle”. Some authorities think this a good description of a lammergeier; others do not. Aegypius is the eponym of the species, whatever it was.[5] The English name ‘Black Vulture’ refers to the plumage colour, while ‘Monk Vulture’, a direct translation of its German name Mönchsgeier, refers to the bald head and ruff of neck feathers like a monk’s cowl. More from Wikipedia

EU may change dead livestock law

December 10th, 2009 The Guardian reports here on a study by scientists that vultures should be allowed to return to their old jobs as nature’s waste managers. They say the birds are suffering as they increasingly depend on being fed by people. The law was changed in 2002 because of mad cow disease and outlawed the leaving of carcasses of dead cows, as well as sheep, goats and other livestock, in the open. The upcoming decision by the EU on whether to change the law affecting dead livestock will have important repercusions for Spanish wildlife. The Spanish government has called on the European Union to alter the rules on the animal corpses and allow farmers to leave them where they fall.