Egyptian vulture has taken up residence on the destination

This small African raptor (1,5 to 2 kilograms, 58 to 78 cm for a wingspan of 150 to 180cm) is distinguished from its congeners by an agility uncommon to other species of vultures. Its white plumage tending towards black at the tips of the wings contrasts with its bright yellow face and beak.

Like all vultures, the Egyptian vulture is mainly a scavenger. However, it supplements its diet with various insects, young birds, reptiles, eggs and even rotting fruits! 

But why tell you about Egyptian Vulture? Because two couples nest in the mountain areas of Conflent and Vallespir! After having disappeared from the Pyrénées-Orientales since the 1930s, the Egyptian vulture or Egyptian vulture re-established itself in the 2000s.

On the northern slope of the Pyrenees chain, about 70 territorial pairs are monitored and recorded for an annual reproduction of about 50 fledglings. However, spending the winter beyond the Sahara, mortality during migration remains high, resulting from collisions against numerous power lines. 

Its distribution and its very limited numbers have earned it the subject of a national action plan for its protection in France since the ministerial decree of April 17, 1981 relating to protected birds throughout the territory. It is therefore forbidden to intentionally disturb it.

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