Neotropical Birds of Prey: Biology and Ecology of a Forest Raptor Community

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David Whitacre
Cornell University Press, 15.05.2013 - 432 Seiten

Until recently, surprisingly little has been known about the biology and behavior of tropical forest raptors, including such basic aspects as diets, breeding biology, habitat requirements, and population ecology, information critical to the development of conservation efforts. The Peregrine Fund conducted a significant eight-year-long research program on the raptor species, including owls, in Tikal National Park in Guatemala to learn more about Neotropical birds of prey. Impressive and unprecedented in scale, this pioneering research also involved the development of new methods for detecting, enumerating, and studying these magnificent but often elusive birds in their forest home. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of previously little-known species, the resulting book is the most important single source for information on the lowland tropical forest raptor species found in Central America.Neotropical Birds of Prey covers twenty specific species in depth, including the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, the Barred Forest-Falcon, the Bat Falcon, and the Mexican Wood Owl, offering thorough synopses of all current knowledge regarding breeding biology and behavior, diet, habitat use, and spatial needs. Contributors to this landmark work also show how the populations fit together as a community with overlapping habitat and prey needs that can put them in competition with reptiles and mammalian carnivores as well, yet differ from one another in their nesting or feeding behaviors and population dynamics. The work's substantive original data offer interesting comparisons between tropical and temperate zone species, and provide a basis for establishing conservation measures based on firsthand research. Making available for the first time new data on the biology, ecology, behavior, and conservation of the majestic owls and raptors of the New World tropics, this book will appeal to a wide ornithological readership, especially the many raptor enthusiasts around the world.

 

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Inhalt

1 The Maya Project
1
2 The Maya Forest
11
3 Grayheaded Kite
39
4 Hookbilled Kite
48
5 Swallowtailed Kite
60
6 Doubletoothed Kite
68
7 Plumbeous Kite
82
8 Bicolored Hawk
93
15 Ornate Hawkeagle
203
16 Barred Forest Falcon
234
17 Collared Forest Falcon
250
18 Laughing Falcon
265
19 Bat Falcon
281
20 Orangebreasted Falcon
296
21 Mexican Wood Owl
313
22 Blackandwhite Owl
320

9 Crane Hawk
104
10 White Hawk
120
11 Great Black Hawk
139
12 Roadside Hawk
152
13 Crested Eagle
164
14 Black Hawkeagle
185
23 Ecology and Conservation of Tikals Raptor Fauna
328
Appendix 1 Body Mass and Sexual Size Dimorphism Data for Maya Forest Raptor Species
361
Appendix 2 Linear Measurements and Sexual Size Dimorphism for Maya Forest Raptor Species
371
Literature Cited
379
Index
401
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David F. Whitacre is a former Research Scientist at The Peregrine Fund. J. Peter Jenny is President and CEO of The Peregrine Fund.

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