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Unusual raptor nests around the world

Ellis, David H. and Craig, Tim and Craig, Erica and Postupalsky, Sergei and La Rue, Charles T. and Nelson, R. Wayne and Anderson, Daniel W. and Henny, Charles J. and Watson, Jeff and Millsap, Brian A. and Dawson, James W. and Cole, Kenneth L. and Martin, Elwood M. and Margalida, Antoni and Kung, Peter (2009) Unusual raptor nests around the world. Journal of Raptor Research, 43 (3). pp. 175-198. ISSN 0892-1016


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From surveys in many countries, we report using unusual nesting materials (e.g., paper money, rags, metal, antlers, and large bones) and unusual nesting situations. For example, we documented nests of Steppe Eagles [Aquila nipalensis] and Upland Buzzards [Buteo hemilasius] on the ground beside well-traveled roads, Saker Falcon [Falco cherrug] eyries in attics and a cistern, and Osprey [Pandian haliaetus] nests on the masts of boats and on a suspended automobile. Other records include a Golden Eagle [A. chrysaelos] nest 7.0 m in height, believed to be the tallest nest ever described, and, for the same species, we report nesting in rudimentary, nests. Some nest sites are within a Few meters of known predators or competitors. These unusual observations may be important in revealing the plasticity of a species' behavioral repertoire.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.3356/JRR-08-110.1
Keywords: buzzard; conservation; eagle, falcon; eagle nests; falcons; hawk; nest; nest materials; owl; raven; single observations
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 23:40
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/983

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