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First Black Harrier Research Newsletter available

May 7th, 2017 · No Comments · African Raptor News, Raptor Research

Harrier expert Rob Simmons has recently published the first Black Harrier Research Newsletter. From the introduction: Welcome to our 1st newsletter in which we bring you the latest in Black Harrier conservation. 2016 was a very interesting year – with partners and sponsors making it possible for us to undertake ground-breaking research in chemical contaminants […]

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The African Raptor Databank – your help is needed!

November 27th, 2016 · No Comments · African Raptor News, Raptor Research

Successful conservation needs science.  And science needs data. The ambitious African Raptor Databank (ARDB) projects aims to get as much data as possible about African raptors. The goal of the ARDB is: “The ARDB aims to ascertain the conservation status of raptors and their habitats across Africa, and to help build the local expertise needed […]

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Crowned Eagle Research in South Africa – Shane McPherson

May 20th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Raptor Research

The Crowned Eagle research project has taken its first flight. So now one month in, here is an introduction to the research.  I have been settling in happily to the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.  My supervisors; Prof Colleen Downs, and Dr. Mark Brown have been great people to get to know.  It is exciting to […]

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An update on Raptor Research in Ebo Forest, Cameroon by Robbie Whytock

January 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Raptor Research

Raptor research in the Ebo forest took an important step forward in 2011 on receiving funding from The Peregrine Fund, as well as the Raptor Research Foundation’s Leslie Brown Memorial Award and the British Ecological Society’s Small Ecological Project Grant scheme.  These funds are being used to survey hunter’s camps in the Ebo forest, searching for […]

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Spanish research shows that “ghost” Short-toed snake eagles spend the summer in Northern Africa

September 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Raptor Research

Mellone, U., Yáñez, B., Limiñana, R., Muñoz, A.R., Pavón, D., González, J.M., Urios, V. & Ferrer, M. 2011 Summer staging areas of non-breeding Short-toed Snake Eagles. Bird Study DOI:10.1080/00063657.2011.598914 The importance of the non-breeding fraction of raptor populations for conservation is well recognized, but little is known on the behaviour of these “ghost” birds, especially in migratory species. […]

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Genetics reveal Katiti’s past: An article on the Seychelles Kestrel by Liz Wambui

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Raptor Research

Katiti in Creole, crashed to approximately eight individuals since the 1940s before the population recovered, apparently unassisted, a genetics study published in the October 2009 Biological Conservation Journal has revealed. This crash, it is thought, approached the severity of the genetic bottleneck of the Mauritius Kestrel whose numbers reduced to only four known individuals in […]

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Vulture surveys in Ethiopia – A summary by Yilma D. Abebe

May 12th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Raptor Research

A survey of Ethiopian vultures, which lasted for eleven days, was carried out from 28th January to 7th February 2010. The area covered encompassed a maximum radius of 200 km around the Capital, Addis Ababa. Road counts were used to count flying as well as perched vultures. Roost counts were performed only if they were […]

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Conservation of the Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis. By Sonja Krüger

April 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Raptor Research

Introduction The Bearded Vulture is listed as endangered in the Southern African Red Data Book due to its small and declining population size, restricted range, range contraction, and the susceptibility to several threats in Lesotho and South Africa (BirdLife, 2004).  Its red data status and the lack of data on current population size lead to […]

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New insights on “ecological barriers” in the migration pattern of the Eleonora’s Falcon

March 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Raptor Research

We examined the connection between  landscape characteristics and behaviour of a long-distance migratory raptor, the Eleonora’s falcon. Our main goal was to test whether long-distance migratory birds adjust their migration programme according to the different characteristics of the habitats crossed during the journey with special emphasis in the so-called ‘‘ecological barriers’’, inhospitable environments where the opportunities to fulfil energy requirements are low […]

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Ecological implications of vulture extinction on scavengers and disease transmission Darcy Ogada

February 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Raptor Research

Reports of vulture declines have been numerous over the past decade.  From southeast Asia to West Africa, vultures are declining at alarming rates, making them the most threatened functional group of birds.  Due to their huge ranges, even relatively pristine areas in Kenya have seen large declines in vulture numbers. Scavengers, especially vultures, provide one […]

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