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Remarkable saker falcon (Falco cherrug) breeding records for Mongolia

Journal of Raptor Research

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Abstract

During 1994 and 1995 surveys, we located over 80 Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) breeding sites in Mongolia. Over half of the eyries had features that were in some way remarkable or previously undescribed in the scientific literature. Ten were on utility poles, two on bridges, three on abandoned buildings, and one was on a truck tire on a pole. Seven sites were very near buzzard nests, and two more were in buzzard nests that were used the same season. Five sites were on cliff tops accessible by walking. Four were on very short cliffs, two were on broken/sloping cliffs, and one was at the base of a cliff. Five were on the tops of stone pillars. Six were in very short elm trees. Eyrie composition was also sometimes remarkable: one was a suspended uric acid (excrement) platform without underlying support, three were trash nests, and two were composed largely of bones.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Remarkable saker falcon (Falco cherrug) breeding records for Mongolia
Series title:
Journal of Raptor Research
Volume
31
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
234-240
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
234
Last page:
240
Number of Pages:
7