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An unusual love story from the home of the Black vultures in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center – Green Balkans

An unusual love story from the home of the Black vultures in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center – Green Balkans

11.04.2018
It is the height of the breeding season in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center and the breeding pairs are happy with their newborn offsprings. Experienced pairs from different species are taking good care of their chicks but the fortune is not that favourable to the Black vultures.

The female bird has been patient in the center since 2011 and the male since 2014, when the birds were put togather as a pair. It has been several years now but the birds haven't had chicks yet. In 2017 the female started showing good mating behaviour towards the male and it looked like she is ready to copulate but she didn't enjoy the same attention in return by him!

This year there is no significant progress with the pair as well. The female is intensely building the nest to make it more comfortable for the chick which she desparately wants to have, but the male seems no interested in her. Probably, the reason about that is the problem with the wing the male bird has – an old fracture, blocked joint of the right wing and a wound that often is getting inflamed. For a male bird to be able to copulate successfully, its two wings should be healthy.

If this season also turns out to be unsucessful for the Black vultures in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center, probably we will try to replace the male bird  with a more promising partner. After all, the breeding season is a very dynamic and unforseen period in the life of the birds and we haven't lost hope yet that the things may change unexpectedly and the pair will surprise us this year.

For more information or signals for birds observed:
Elena Stoeva, project manager
mobile phone: +359 887 574 699
email: etilova@greenbalkans.org