Successful captive rearing of an Egyptian vulture at Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, UAE

Whitehouse-Tedd, G. and Whitehouse-Tedd, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-0061-489X, 2018. Successful captive rearing of an Egyptian vulture at Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, UAE. Tribulus: The Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group, 25, pp. 62-66. ISSN 1019-6919

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Abstract

Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus) are endangered across their range, and ex-situ conservation efforts focus on establishing captive breeding programmes, with the ultimate goal of releasing captive-bred individuals into secure habitat. To date, this species has not been successfully bred in captivity in the Arabian peninsula. Moreover, efforts to reduce the risk of human imprinting by captive-reared birds of other species have typically included the use of hand puppets and excluding visual contact with humans. This report documents the first successful captive rearing of an Egyptian vulture in the United Arab Emirates, and describes the successful return of the chick to its parents without the use of hand puppets. By temporarily returning the chick to its parents during daylight from 11 days of age, it was possible to maintain normal parenting behaviours in the adult birds, this leading to the successful dual-imprinting of the chick. The chick is now included in a flight demonstration as part of a conservation education programme, and will be included in a regional captive breeding programme upon maturity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Tribulus: The Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group
Creators: Whitehouse-Tedd, G. and Whitehouse-Tedd, K.
Publisher: Emirates Natural History Group
Date: 6 January 2018
Volume: 25
ISSN: 1019-6919
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 30 Jan 2018 09:17
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 09:17
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32581

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