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Black Vultures nested in the Vrachanski Balkan for the first time in nearly 100 years

Black vultures nested in the Vrachanski  Balkan for the first time in nearly 100 years. The pair of vultures  Pateva and Baraba nests in a natural nest on the territory of the "Vrachanski Balkan" Nature Park.

The fact was announced by the team of the Birds of Prey Protection  Society, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and the EcoObstnost Foundation. This significant news for the region is the result of the systematic work of these organizations, Green Balkans  and the Directorate of the "Vrachanski Balkan" Nature Park, which led to the reintroduction of the species to Western Balkan Mountains. 

As we reported earlier, 7 pairs have already been formed in the area, and this is the first nest on the territory of the nature park and a great success for the park directorate and the organizations working for the return of the species to the country.

We remind you that the Black Vulture returned to the country, as a result of a long-term conservation program initiated by the Birds of Prey Protection Society, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and Green Balkans, and supported by the Vulture Conservation Foundation  and a number of international partners. The program is funded by the EC, a number of European zoos and donors, as well as dozens of donors from the country and abroad.

“This success is an example of how joint work between civil organizations and institutions can produce excellent results for the protection of nature and for the benefit of society," said Georgi Stoyanov from the "Bearded Vulture LIFE" project team.

Additional Information
  • The last reported nesting of Black Vultures in the area was by Atanasov in 1931, when a nesting of birds was reported in the area of Cerepis.                                                                       
  • Last year in the Western Balkan Mountains region there were 4-5 pairs of the species formed, and this year they are already 7 , and the significant in this case is that this year there is a nesting on the territory of the park, which is the first time in history and a great success for the protected area. The pairs are currently being monitored and you can expect more news from us on their nesting success.                                                                                                               
  • The birds Pateva and Baraba are named - Pateva - after the great Bulgarian ornithologist Pavel Patev, and Baraba... - after himself;) (Bulgarian dictionary – Baraba - 1. A worker who crushes stones for road paving. 2. Spoken. A homeless, bad-looking person). It seems that the union between a bird with the name of a scientist and a common worker is successful ;) and we hope that they will delight us with offspring.                                                                                         
  • The birds Pateva and Baraba were donated to Bulgaria from Spain - the Regional Government of Extremadura, in order to restore the species here as well. The country receives rehabilitated birds as donations, which have fallen from nests or have had other issues and have been restored, capable of living in the wild.                                                                                                                     
  • Pateva was hatched in May 2020. Initially, she was admitted to the Los Hronos Rescue Center at Finca Los Badillos. She underwent a rehabilitation course at the rescue center of the organization AMUS. In March 2021, she arrived in Bulgaria and was accommodated in an adaptation aviary in the Vratchanski Balkan.                                                                                                                       
  • Baraba was hatched in 2018. He entered the CRFS Los Hornos center in September 2018 disoriented and exhausted. In 2019, he was sent to Bulgaria, accommodated  in an adaptation aviary and released on the territory of the Vrachanski  Balkan in May 2020.                                               

For contacts:
Project 'Bearded Vulture LIFE':
Georgi Stoyanov - Field Worker - Vratsa, mobile phone: +359 878734503

Directorate of the Vratchanski Balkan Nature Park:
Olya Genova - Public Relations Associate, mobile phone: + 359 885367784