As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 8 July 2018

Griffon Vultures caught feeding at night for first time

Scientists at University of Castilla-La Mancha’s Research Institute for Hunting Resources (IREC) made an interesting discovery whilst studying camera trap footage, they found Griffon Vultures feeding at night, the first time this has been documented.

Griffon Vultures are one of Europe’s four species of vultures and can be found across southern Europe surrounding the Mediterranean. Once widespread across its southern European range the species became extinct in parts of the range and populations in the east part of its Mediterranean range are currently small and fragmented.

Today around 90 percent of the European population, between 20,000 and 30,000 breeding pairs, are found in Spain, Portugal and France.

One such population in the Cantabrian mountain range, in Spain’s Somiedo Natural Park was the focus of a study into the feeding behaviour of Griffon Vultures by scientists from the IREC using camera traps and published in a recent edition of the Ecology journal (Mateo-Tomás, P. and Olea, P. P. (2018), Griffon Vultures scavenging at night: trophic niche expansion to reduce intraspecific competition?. Ecology)

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