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: 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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Ecosystem service provision – what do vultures do for us and the environment?

From helping reduce CO2 emissions to providing cultural and spiritual services dating
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Vulture Research Update: November 2019 – June 2020

In this research update we provide a list of recent vulture-related research
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Introducing a schematic sampling protocol for raptor biomonitoring to harmonize procedures across Europe

Bird species like scavengers have been widely used as sentinel species in
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Research review: The first Pan-Africa study on Hooded Vultures evaluates their movements

A recently published journal article shares interesting results derived from studying the movements of
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Research review: new article demonstrates the value of research for effective vulture conservation

A new review article published in the journal Conservation Letters has identified that the majority of
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Research review: recent study describes the movements of Bearded Vultures in the Himalayas

A research article written by Tulsi Subedi and colleagues recently published in the journal Ibis has
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Research review: Intensive monitoring reveals interesting parenting behaviours of Egyptian Vultures during the nesting cycle

As adult Egyptian Vultures are currently returning to their nest sites in Europe following
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Research review: New study illustrates how larger vulture species and older individuals are most dominant when competing at carcasses

The authors of a new research article (Rubén Moreno-Opo, Ana Truijillano and Antoni Margalida)
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Research review: A review of secondary pentobarbital poisoning in scavenging wildlife, companion animals and captive carnivores

Vultures face multiple threats and secondary poisoning is one of the most
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Research review: New study demonstrates that human-modified landscapes increase mortality risk for Griffon Vultures

New research led by Eneko Arrondo (Donana Biological Station-CSIC) and Ana Sanz-Aguilar (Animal
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Research review: Technical-scientific order for the analysis of the diet of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in the Douro Canyon

A study led by Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) and carried out within the
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What duties do Egyptian Vulture pairs share during the breeding period?

The  Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project recently published a study revealing insights into the
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Gulper, ripper and scrapper: anatomy of the neck in three species of vultures

A recently published journal analysed the highly complex neck anatomy of three
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Vulture Research Update: October 2019

In this research update, we provide a list of recent vulture-related research
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An overview of the European Vulture Conference

Four days, 72 talks, 34 posters, eight symposia, one great party, three
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