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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

Spanish bird encyclopedia

December 5th, 2008

SEO has teamed up with a well-known bank and produced this multimedia encyclopedia of the 563 birds seen commonly in Spain. The site is packed with useful information on everything you could think of connected with birds in Spain with heaps of pictures, sound, video, games for kids and maps, and easy to navigate around. It is, however, frustratingly to easy to close the main window. People with slow internet connections should probably refrain, but interestingly, 60,000 free CD-ROM/books containing the complete encyclopedia are also to be distributed.
Encyclopedia of birds of Spain

Wind farm construction in Capercaillie habitat paralysed by judge

June 10th, 2008

Judge halts windpark in capercaillie territory
The Regional Government of Castilla y León ordered to explain why they authorised the works

The San Feliz windpark will have to wait. The heavy machinery belonging to the company Producciones Energéticas del Bierzo entered the León side of the Cantabrian Mountains in order to “pave the way” for the wind turbines. They don’t care that the area is one of the few remaining in which the Capercaillie still breeds. The alarm raised by the researchers specialising in this endangered species – there’s even a ringed female that they are monitoring on a daily basis – led the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO) to request the courts to halt the works as an emergency measure. And even though judges are reluctant to take such steps, León’s Court No. 1 for Contentious Administrative Proceedings ruled that the works were to be halted. In his ruling, the judge stated that “the required urgency is crystal-clear”.
News originally found in El País and translated by Technopat on Iberianature forum.

Birdwatching guide to Catalonia

June 1st, 2008

The Catalan Tourist Board with the help of SEO and others have just published this free 72 page guide to birdwatching in Catalonia. It looks on first inspection very good indeed. The guide covers in detail these 11 sites, along with others:

  • Wetlands: Delta del Ebro, Aiguamolls del Empordá and Estany d’Ivars.
  • Pyrenees and Pre-Pyenees: Aigüestortes, Cadí-Moixeró, Montrebei y la Terreta, Vall de Núria.
  • Mediterranean landscapes: Parque Natural dels Ports, Cap de Creus and Montserrat.
  • Urban surroundings: Delta del Llobregat (Barcelona).

Download the pdf here in Catalan or here in Spanish. There does not as yet appear to be an English version.

See also the press report from SEO on this. Thanks to Rick for letting me know about this.