Satellite telemetry reveals individual variation in juvenile Bonelli’s eagle dispersal areas

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Título: Satellite telemetry reveals individual variation in juvenile Bonelli’s eagle dispersal areas
Autor/es: Cadahía Lorenzo, Luis | López-López, Pascual | Urios, Vicente | Negro Balmaseda, Juan José
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Zoología de Vertebrados
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales
Palabras clave: Aquila fasciata | Conservation | Dispersal | Hieraaetus fasciatus | Management | PTT | Raptors | Remote sensing
Área/s de conocimiento: Zoología
Fecha de publicación: dic-2010
Editor: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
Cita bibliográfica: CADAHÍA, Luis, et al. "Satellite telemetry reveals individual variation in juvenile Bonelli’s eagle dispersal areas". European Journal of Wildlife Research. Vol. 56, No. 6 (2010). ISSN 1612-4642, pp. 923-930
Resumen: Natal dispersal is the time elapsed between departing from the natal site and settling to attempt breeding for the first time. In long-lived species with deferred sexual maturity this period may last several years, making this process crucial for their survival and conservation. Here we present a large-scale outline of juvenile Bonelli’s eagle’s dispersal areas in the Iberian Peninsula. We describe the ranging and movement patterns of 14 juvenile Bonelli’s eagles during their dispersal period, studied by satellite telemetry. Three distinct phases during the juveniles’ first year of life were detected, namely, the dependence period, the departure from the parental territory, and the settlement in dispersal areas. In general, between-sex differences in relation to ranging behavior were not significant. Interestingly, there seems not to be a few, clearly delimited, overlapping Bonelli’s eagle’s juvenile dispersal areas within the Iberian Peninsula. A total of 17 dispersal areas were detected, with some animals using more than one. These areas were located in eight autonomous communities (Spanish administrative units), being the most important Castilla-La Mancha and Andalucía. Juveniles were more frequently located in cultivated man-managed areas, with non-irrigated herbaceous crops. This is probably due to higher prey availability and higher efficiency in prey capture in these open areas, as well as to the absence of breeding pairs. This has important management implications, suggesting that conservation efforts should focus on the whole landscape matrix of man-managed ecosystems rather than in a few clearly delimited geographic areas.
Patrocinador/es: This project was principally funded by Terra Natura Foundation. L.C. and P.L.-L. were supported by FPU grants of the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (references AP2001-1444 and AP2005-0874, respectively).
ISSN: 1612-4642 (Print) | 1439-0574 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10344-010-0391-z
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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