Rare Egyptian vulture spotted in Co Roscommon
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirmed that a vulture, which normally resides in parts of southern Europe and Africa, has been spotted in County Roscommon on New Years Eve morning.
PWS director for Lough Rea and Mid-Shannon Callows, Owen Murphy, noticed the bird’s unusual flight pattern yesterday morning and upon closer examination identified it as an Egyptian vulture.
The first recorded sighting of this bird species was in the north of the country during the summer, but the NPWS said it could not be determined if it was the same vulture.
He said the adult Egyptian vulture appears to be alone and it is unclear why the bird arrived on Irish shores from its original habitat.
According to the Wildlife Service, the Egyptian vulture caused a stir in Irish birding circles with a number of people coming from many parts of Ireland to see it and many more planning to travel this week. -end.
The Lough Ree area is ranked as the most important site for breeding waterbirds in a report released this year for the NPWS, with the Shannon Callows also being highly rated. The region is home to a large number of species listed in the red and amber categories, with “rarities” appearing occasionally.
The NPWS said it would like to emphasize that the Egyptian vulture does not pose a threat to the public or to livestock.
The Egyptian vulture is the smallest of the four vultures in Europe and is also the most endangered.
The bird has white plumage, with some black feathers on the wings and tail.
It has a wingspan of 1.7 m and can reach a top speed of 55 km / h.
The Egyptian vulture is most commonly found in southern Europe, Asia, and North Africa. They also live in isolated populations in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.