Sagira has been with me now just over a week, and has doubled in size. She is standing well, trying to eat on her own and wobbling around trying to start walking. At the moment her little primary feathers are pushing through, as she will soon start changing colour to a dark chick, with her juvenile colours. "Sagira" is an egyptian name which means little one, and considering that she will probably weigh about 2.5kg as an adult, she is a little vulture.
According to the IUCN, it is estimated that there are about 1000-2000 pairs left in Africa, and their current distribution is mainly found in Ethiopia and East Africa. Sadly once a resident bird of SA, there are very few citings, even of migrants in our country. As with many vulture species, reasons for decline in population numbers include disturbance, lead poisoning (from gun shot), direct poisoning, electrocution (by powerlines), collisions with wind turbines and reduced food availability.
|2 Weeks old|
|3 Weeks old|
|Eating on my own!|
|Nearly 5 weeks old|
|Starting to Stand at 3 weeks old|
|6 Weeks old|
Sagira will be 8 weeks old on Friday 28th December. She is healthy, and starting to exercise her wings nicely. I can't wait for her to begin trying to fly! Please come back to see videos of her flying as she grows :-)
|An adult Egyptian Vulture|