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2013-02-12
Great news from Northern Cyprus



There is a lot of negative bird news to come out of Cyprus but just for a change some good news with this story of a poisoned Bonelli's Eagle - Aquila fasciatus . The commentary is a mixture of English & Turkish and subtitled with both.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXPsCmQmGV8 (or go to you tube and search for The Tale of a Bonelli's Eagle).

The political isolation of Northern Cyprus makes the work of conservation groups like Kuskor even more difficult, those that devote their time and effort to a success story like this should be applauded. If you'd like to know more about North Cyprus birds or are thinking of visiting (a great birding destination in Spring and Autumn) please check out the links below.
Colin, Hampshire, UK

Northern Cyprus Birds
www.kibrisbirds.net

Cyprus Wildlife Ecology (site is under construction)
http://cypruswildlifeecology.wordpress.com/

 

Bonelli’s Eagle

The Bonelli's Eagle - Aquila fasciatus - is a medium sized Eagle which belongs to the family Accipitridae. It is usually a resident species and breeds in Southern Europe, Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across the Indian Subcontinent to Indonesia.

Description

The upperparts are dark brown, and the underside is white with dark streaks. The wings are relatively short and rounded. The long tail is grey on top and white below and has a single broad black terminal band. The feet and eyes are yellow.

Call

A fluted klu-kluklu-kluee call. They are usually silent except in display and near the nest.

Food

Bonelli’s eagle is an agile hunter that emerges from cover to snatch its prey from the ground. They take a large range of live prey, from mammals up to the size of a Hares and birds up to the size of Guineafowl.

Breeding

Bonelli’s eagle reaches maturity at about 3.5 years of age. The female will typically lay two eggs between January and March in a tree or crag nest.

Conservation Status – Least Concern

This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion. Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion. In Europe, the Bonelli’s eagle is considered endangered. The population is declining drastically in certain parts of its range owing to over-use of pesticides, habitat degradation, loss of prey species, collision with power lines and persecution by hunters and pigeon fanciers.

Birdwatching

Ask Aves Birding Tours to create a tour for you to see these Eagles.


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