Mallorca is the only remaining island in Europe where the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is still native. When we moved to Mallorca, 22 years ago, there were only five or six pairs known to exist here. The Mallorcan Black Vulture had become an endangered species.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF), a non-profit organisation that has been working to preserve Black Vultures and other birds of prey throughout Europe since 1986, the Mallorcan Black Vulture population now is said to stand at 125 individual birds, including 15 reproductive pairs.
Black Vultures build their nest on top of high trees, usually the Aleppo pine tree. Once the breeding time has come, the birds will mate several times before an egg is laid. Black Vultures are strictly monogamous birds. Once a pair has mated, they will stay together for their entire lives. A very strong bond exists between two mated vultures, which is evident in their social interaction. Have a look at a Black Vultures nest and its two inhabitants:
The video dates from March/April 2007. You can see live nestcam footage for the asking at the tourist office at the monastery of Lluc.
You can visit the BVCF website and watch some more nestcam videos. In fact, you can visit the foundation’s centre near Campanet for a guided tour. In their spacious grounds they keep some Black Vultures to prepare them for being released or, if flightless through injury, to be mated for breeding purposes. Guided tours are held in English and/or German on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Wednesdays the tours would be held in Spanish and/or Catalan). Telephone for reservations prior to your visit on 971.516.620.
The photo was taken near Campanet, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 4th, 2009. The time was 12:10:04. The video was taken from the BVCF website. It originates from a nestcam permanently installed above a Black Vulture nest in Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Muchas gracias.