The Saker Falcon Returned as a Nesting Species in Bulgaria
The Saker Falcon returned as a nesting species in the country. The endangered species comes back to Bulgaria for the first time in ten years, informs the press office of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. They were spotted at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center and released in 2015.
Under the supervision of the experts, the couple managed to hatch and raise successfully two young ones who have left their nest, BSPB said.
At the end of the 19th century, the Saker Falcons (Falco cherrug) were comparatively numerous in Bulgaria, but by the middle of the last century the bird began to disappear due to the mass extermination and destruction of the habitats. The species was a common target of poachers.
The breeding pair is an important advance in the return of the species to the country, but this is only the beginning of the formation of a sustainable population, BSPB noted.
The species is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria.
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