A baby Egyptian vulture hatched in the wild nest with an online video camera in Bulgaria


The first Egyptian vulture chick hatched in the nest of the world-famous pair of Egyptian vultures from Provadia, Bulgaria. Everyone can watch online the care of the devoted parents at the website www.LifeNeophron.eu. For 9 years thousands of people from over 140 countries have witnessed the secret life of the endangered species. The hatching of the second vulture is expected in a few days. So far, the family has successfully raised a total of 12 juveniles.

Currently, both birds take turns lying on the newly hatched chick and the other egg and carrying food. For more than 10 years, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) has been monitoring the family life of the secret birds through installed trail cameras in nests of the species in the Eastern Rhodopes. The data shows that the males invest more efforts in the nest building while the females have a more important role during the incubation. Furthermore, both sexes have the same importance when it comes to food deliveries and raising chicks. However, both sexes play a crucial role and complement one another, saying that both the male and the female are equal, compensating one another to keep the balance.

Collaborators of the LIFE project “Egyptian vulture New LIFE” regularly provide them with sufficient quantities of safe food to minimize the risk of poisoning or lack of enough food to feed the babies. Every summer they watch over the young birds in the most vulnerable period for them - that of the first flight. BSPB has launched another nest guarding campaign and expects its volunteers.

Technologies such as cameras and trail cameras allow us to understand more about the species, and thus to identify and implement conservation measures.


The LIFE project "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE” (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874) brings together institutions and organizations from 14 countries spanning the Balkans, Middle East and Africa and is implemented with the financial support of the EU LIFE Programme. The Coordinating Beneficiary is the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria (BSPB). Associated Beneficiaries are:  Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece (HOS),  WWF Greece, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife UK (RSPB), Doğa Derneği / BirdLife Turkey (DD), regional offices of BirdLife International in Africa and Middle East, A.P. Leventis Ornithological and Research Institute (APLORI), CMS Raptors MoU, Green Balkans.