Six new Bonelli’s Eagles arrive in Majorca

The eagles will spend a period of acclimatization in holding cages placed in isolated forest environments, to enable them to adapt to the environment and their new territory.

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In this way, the period of acclimatization of these young Bonelli's Eagles has begun. Subsequently, and as part of the project for the reintroduction for this species on which Red Eléctrica de España collaborates, they will be released in the Sierra de Tramontana in order to increase the new population of Bonelli’s Eagles in Majorca.

Six new young Bonelli’s Eagle have begun their period of adaptation in Majorca as part of the project for the reintroduction of this species; a project managed by the Government of the Balearic Islands and carried out by the Consorci per a la Recuperació de la Fauna de les Illes Balears (COFIB) with the sponsorship of Red Eléctrica de España through the collaboration initiated in 2011 and renewed last February.

Two of the eagles have been donated by the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) a French bird protection entity, after being bred in captivity; two more were born in the Madrid facilities of the Grupo de Rehabilitación de la Fauna Autóctona y su Habitat (GREFA), from where they were moved to Majorca, and the remaining two are from nests in Andalusia.

These reintroduced birds of prey will now spend a period of acclimatization in holding cages placed in isolated forest environments, in order for them to adapt to the environment and to their new territory. In this period, they will be fed by keepers that will attempt to avoid any other human interference. After a time, the birds will be released.

Thanks to the Bonelli’s Eagle reintroduction project in Majorca, 29 eagles have been released and has given way to two breeding pairs that have reared four chicks throughout this year. The survival rate of the group of released eagles, currently composed of a large proportion of juvenile birds, exceeds the average survival rate of the national population.

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