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Preliminary raptor surveys in western Mongolia

Journal of Raptor Research

Abstracts of presentations made at the annual meeting of the raptor research foundation, inc., held at Flagstaff, Aizona, on 2-6 Nvember 1994
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Abstract

Raptors were observed on a 5200 km expedition from Ulaan Baatar through the Hangay Mountains to the Russian Altay Mountains with return through the Gobi Altay Mountains. The focus of the expedition was on nesting ecology of the Saker (Falco cherrug) and Altay falcons (F. altaicus) (25 eyries were located), but nests were also found for seven other species including more than 30 nests found of the upland buzzard (Buteo hemilasius). We conducted 21 day-long counts and 10 more formal raptor road counts. Raptors were concentrated in areas where perches were common and where food was most abundant. Western Mongolia remains a vast undeveloped land where camel trains and yak carts are normal. No developed highway network exists. Raptor work in the interior must be supported by four-wheel drive vehicles traveling cross country. Food and fuel for a research team are difficult to procure, but raptor populations are largely unexploited. Raptors frequently nest on the ground or on very low cliffs and tress, and often nest in close proximity of pairs of their own and other species. Several areas of special significance to raptors are discussed including the Taleen Ulaan (Red Steppe) areas of granite dells which we recommend for status as an international reserve.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Preliminary raptor surveys in western Mongolia
Series title:
Journal of Raptor Research
Volume
29
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
55 (abstract)
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
55 (abs)