Migration Strategies of Birds of Prey in Western Palearctic


Migration Strategies of Birds of Prey in Western Palearctic

Migration Strategies Of Birds Of Prey In Western Palearctic Pdf

By Michele Panuccio, Ugo Mellone and Nicolantonio Agostini

Migration Strategies of Birds of Prey in Western Palearctic PDF. Given their roles in the ecosystem, raptors are widely considered the flagship or umbrella species among birds. Most species undertake a seasonal journey that is impressive because of the length, and the imposing natural barriers such as deserts and seas that they fly over. The migration of birds of prey has unique characteristics in the animal world because of their morphology and flight style. The flying path of Afro-Palearctic migrants between breeding and wintering grounds is determined by several factors such as morphology of the birds, geography, behavioural adaptations.

The book analyses the migration patterns of raptors along the Afro-Palearctic migratory system, and summarizes the recent research on these top predator species. Behavioural adaptations such as the importance of social interactions and the modulation of the different flight styles as well as ecological interactions with the encountered environment and weather conditions en route are described in the book. Moreover, the impact of climate change on the migratory behaviour and key conservation issues are discussed. The book provides an overview of the migratory characteristics and flyway patterns of all European raptors species and also some Asian ones. These chapters have been written by some of the most important raptor specialists, giving a complete picture of the different migration strategies on the basis of both traditional methods and new technologies.

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Table of Contents


Raptors as models to study animal migrations


Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus

European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus

Crested honey buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Griffon vulture Gyps fulvus

Short-toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus

Lesser spotted eagle Clanga pomarina

Greater spotted eagle Clanga clanga

Booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus

Steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis

Eastern imperial eagle Aquila heliaca

Levant sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes

Eurasian sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Western marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus

Hen harrier Circus cyaneus

Pallid harrier Circus macrourus

Montagu’s harrier Circus pygargus

Red kite Milvus milvus

Black kite Milvus migrans

Rough-legged buzzard Buteo lagopus

Long-legged buzzard Buteo rufinus

Eurasian buzzard Buteo buteo

Lesser kestrel Falco naumanni

Common kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Red-footed falcon Falco vespertinus

Amur falcon Falco amurensis

Eleonora’s falcon Falco eleonorae

Sooty falcon Falco concolor

Merlin Falco columbarius

Eurasian hobby Falco subbuteo

Saker falcon Falco cherrug

Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus


ANNEX: Michele Panuccio, obituary

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