Tuesday, 30 November 2021 06:28 GMT

Omani project to protect endangered Egyptian vultures


(MENAFN) A total of 13 endangered Egyptian vultures have been successfully tagged in Al Multaqah, in January 2018, announced the Environment Society of Oman.

The initiative is a collaboration between the International Avian Research, the Bernd Meyburg Foundation for Raptor Research and Conservation and the Environment Society of Oman (ESO).

The project that was set up in 2014, it goal was to monitor the movements of scavenging, soaring raptors and improve a greater understanding of the movements and migration of the birds. The program focuses on tagging vultures and eagles with tracking devices to find out where these endangered species are breeding, feeding and migrating, Times of Oman reported.

Out of the four vultures tagged in the last few years, two are known to have died, at least one by electrocution. According to the officials, all four vultures were young, and young birds typically do not survive as well as adults do. However, the electrocution of one of the birds indicates that this threat, which is a major cause of mortality for many large birds globally, is active in Oman.

The 12 vultures that were caught this year are adults and officials anticipate at least some of them to migrate to breeding areas farther north this spring.

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