LIVE WEBCAM - BLACK VULTURES IN SPAIN

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  • Location: Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. Madrid, Spain
  • Source: www.sierradeguadarrama.es
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    Live streaming webcam of a black vulture nest ("Aegypius monachus") perched on a large Scots pine in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, near Madrid in Spain. There are around 350 pairs of black vultures in this Park.

More info: The black vulture is also known as the monk vulture, Eurasian black vulture or the cinereous Vulture. It breeds across southern Europe and Asia from Spain to Korea, but is endangered throughout its European range. It is resident except in those parts of its range where hard winters cause limited movement. The black vulture prefers high mountains and large forests, nesting in trees or occasionally on cliff ledges.
The current black vulture population in Spain is thought to be around 3,000 breeding pairs, which is more than 90% of the European population. Andalucia alone has 412 pairs, 16% of the Spanish population. Therefore, Spain is the only country in Europe that has healthy populations of black vultures to provide birds to support reintroduction programmes for this species in Europe. So successful has been the increase in black vultures in Spain, conservationists have felt able to donate birds to kickstart three new breeding populations across the border in France.