Using research techniques to better understand vulture behaviour and ecology to inform conservation actions

Apart from following vulture research outputs to inform current and future conservation strategies, the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) staff and board members are leading scientists shaping vulture conservation research.

The VCF team has been researching vultures for years, contributing to many important studies that helped underpin vulture conservation in Europe and beyond. From conducting feasibility studies to inform reintroduction projects to tracking and analysing GPS data of hundreds of birds, we have researched a wide variety of vulture topics.

Research Reviews

The VCF team regularly reviews and summarises recent vulture articles of interest to vulture conservationists, researchers, and enthusiasts.

Check out our Research Reviews, which highlight key takeaways of research studies relevant to the species, covering various topics and different areas, including all continents where vulture species are present.


Research Review: Study provides new insight into the vocal repertoire of Griffon Vultures

Did we underestimate the complexity of the vocal repertoire of Griffon Vultures? …

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The spread of misinformation as a new challenge for vulture conservation

Condors and vultures (hereafter “vultures”) are threatened necrophagous bird species relying on …

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Research review: What are the economic benefits of avian scavenger-based tourism in Spain?

A recently published study demonstrates the benefits avian scavengers contribute to people and the need to …

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Research review: Understanding the links between landscape anthropization and stress in Griffon Vultures

How does landscape anthropization affect vulture populations? A recently published research article investigated this …

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Habitat modelling helps assess risk of wind farms for Bearded Vultures in the Alps

Which habitats are particularly suitable for Bearded Vultures? Sergio Vignali has investigated …

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Discovery of the oldest wild Egyptian Vulture

Conservationists discovered the oldest known living Egyptian Vulture in the wild thanks …

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Research review: New study reveals the importance of feeding sites and carcasses in the wider landscape for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria and Greece.

A research article recently published in the Journal of Ornithology has revealed that Griffon Vultures in …

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The Vulture Conservation Foundation is hiring a Research Officer

The Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) seeks to recruit an ambitious and versatile …

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Meet Emslie’s Vulture: The new vulture species identified from fossils in Cuba

A new study reveals a newly identified vulture species from fossils found …

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Research review: How scientific research has informed Andean condor conservation in South America

In response to a comment on their recent review article about the …

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Research Review: Winter movement patterns of the globally endangered Egyptian Vulture in south-western Europe

Although all vulture species can travel long distances, including migratory movements by Cinereous …

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Research review: Study demonstrates the high risk of lead poisoning in birds of prey, especially Griffon Vultures, in Spain

A recently published research article used active and passive monitoring methods to assess sublethal …

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Research Review: Risk of exposure to diclofenac and other NSAIDs for vultures in Iberia and update on the situation in South Asia

Since the 1990s, the Gyps vulture populations of South Asia have collapsed by more …

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Research review: study demonstrates how plastic ingestion by vultures may cause wider impacts

It is widely known that plastic is a pollutant that can adversely …

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Research review: study finds no clear evidence that vultures spread microorganisms to humans and other species, but more likely reduce disease transmission

A recently published study illustrates that although vultures can carry microorganisms that can cause …

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Research review: New study demonstrates prevalence of high lead contamination among raptors, especially scavengers, in Europe

A meta-analysis of published research from across Europe has demonstrated that obligate (vultures) …

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Research review: Study shows that painting a single wind turbine blade black reduces bird collision

A recently published research article finally provides evidence that painting a single wind turbine …

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Evolution of the vulture populations in Sardinia

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Sardinia was home to three …

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Research review: Nocturnal flights by Bearded Vultures detected for the first-time using GPS and accelerometer data

For the first time, researchers studied the previously undescribed nocturnal flights by …

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Research reveals that Andean condors flap wings just 1% of the time

The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) has a 3-metre wingspan and weighs up …

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