The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is one of the most endangered vulture species on earth – in fact it is considered globally Endangered by the IUCN because of a very fast decline in most part of its vast range. Turkey still has a significant breeding population, even though very little is known about the species in the country.
So far the species has only been studied west of Ankara (in Beypazari, where a 50+ pairs populations was monitored for a couple of years), and in the northeast, were a team of researchers has been studying the species.
Now, with VCF support, Dr. Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz, an ornithologist from Samsun Ondokuz Mayis University, surveyed an area near Çorum for breeding Egyptian vultures – and found 30 occupied nests. In the past few years birdwatchers had observed good numbers of Egyptian vultures at the Çorum rubbish dump, but until recently no one knew where they bred locally. Now, Dr. Erciyas Yavuz surveyed an area of approximately 1100 km2, and found all these nests.
This is one of the densest breeding nucleuses of the species in Turkey. The VCF will keep monitoring this population to gather valuable data for the species conservation in country.