Bearded Vulture chicklet born in captivity. © Albert Porté / Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent

The first Bearded Vulture chick of this season is born at the Bearded Vulture Breeding Centre from the DAAM (Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural), in the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent.

This centre is part of an European centres network that jointly manages the captive population and genetic reservoir of bearded vultures (Gypaetus barbatus). The final destination of these chicks is being part of Bearded Vulture reintroduction projects that are carried out in different places in Europe.

During the first week, keepers watch over the chick and feed it artificially every 3 hours. Before 12 days, the chick is put into the nest with the breeding parents to continue the rearing process. In this way, impringting with human beings is avoided (that is to say that because this close contact during the first days of life, the chick can identify human beings as members of its own species).

You can find further information on the section Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent in our website, within the group of other environmental actions.


Feeding the Bearded Vulture chicklet during the first days of life. © Albert Porté / W. C. of Vallcalent

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