Autumn migration of Eleonora's falcon Falco eleonorae tracked by satellite telemetry

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Title: Autumn migration of Eleonora's falcon Falco eleonorae tracked by satellite telemetry
Authors: López-López, Pascual | Limiñana, Rubén | Urios, Vicente
Research Group/s: Zoología de Vertebrados
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales
Keywords: Satellite tracking | Conservation | Madagascar | Falcons | STAT
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Publisher: Academia Sinica, Taipei. Biodiversity Research Center
Citation: LÓPEZ-LÓPEZ, Pascual; LIMIÑANA, Rubén; URIOS, Vicente. "Autumn migration of Eleonora's falcon Falco eleonorae tracked by satellite telemetry". Zoological Studies. Vol. 48, No. 4 (2009). ISSN 1021-5506, pp. 485-491
Abstract: The migration route of Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae has largely been a mystery. To date, the most widely accepted hypothesis on Eleonora’s Falcon’s migration suggested a coastal route through the Mediterranean Sea eastwards, crossing the Suez Canal, and proceeding southwards through the Red Sea following the East coast of Africa to the wintering grounds in Madagascar and the Mascarene Is. This study provides the first description of autumn migration routes of 2 Eleonora’s Falcons (a juvenile male and an adult male) tracked by satellite telemetry from their breeding colonies in the Western Mediterranean to their wintering grounds in southeastern Africa. Contrary to previous suggestions, Eleonora’s Falcons migrated inland across the African continent and did not follow the presumed migration route across the Mediterranean Sea. We discuss the possible origin of this migratory behavior and provide data on routes, timing of migration, and scarce existing data of ringing recoveries.
Sponsor: Terra Natura Foundation. P. López-López was supported by a FPU grant (reference AP2005-0874) of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
ISSN: 1021-5506 (Print) | 1810-522X (Online)
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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