From 2013 we couldn´t increase de number of chick up to three and fortunately in this 2016 we will overcome this!
At the end of 2015 three black vultures in the breeding colony died. In addition these individuals were part of different breeding pairs. These facts do not presaged a good year 2016.
But fortunately at the beginning of year new couples formed and the number of these came up to 11. Of these eleven couples, ten of them have bring six chicks to the breeding colony placed in National Hunting Reserve of Boumort, overcoming in this way the number of chicks born in the previous year!
In 2015 5 chicks were born but unfortunately two of them died after ten days. Currently, the six chicks born have already exceeded the days most critics, fact that makes us think that the great effort made by the black vultures will overcome the barrier of the three chickens flown in previous seasons.
The first chick, born of the French couple installed in the colony from 2015 (Montenegro and Pline), was born on April 13 and he already has 50 days of age. Together with this couple, other five more have given birth theirs chicks in the later days. One of these couples is formed by another French individual and a female released in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.
The biggest news in this breeding season represents the mixed couple formed by a Iberian female and a male released in 2012 (Ibex and Ares) that they have achieved their first chick in this 2015. The other three couples who have had a chick are couples with experience in previous years: Perla and Portell, Menta and Mario and Pessonada and Oriol.
The health of the colony is very good since the couples are taking experience and the colony is increasing. This increase is the result of the large number of young individuals involved and the flow of visitors from outside of the colony (both Iberian as French) that, in the end, they are installed and they breed with the couples of the Catalonian Pyrennes colony.
To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Reintroduction of the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees in this same web page.
Video of a chick of this year season.