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Birds of Indian Subcontinent

MACRO-ANALYSIS OF PREY REMAINS FROM MARTIAL EAGLE NESTS IN THE CAPE PROVINCE

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1980
Authors:Boshoff, AF, Palmer, NG
Journal:Ostrich
Volume:51
Issue:1
Date Published:1980
ISBN Number:0030-6525
Keywords:Accipitridae, Hieraaetus bellicosus, Polemaetus, Polemaetus bellicosus, Struthio, Struthio camelus, Struthionidae
Abstract:Summary Boshoff, A. F. & Palmer, N. G. 1980 Macro-analysis of prey remains from Martial Eagle nests in the Cape Province. Ostrich 51:7-13. A total of 346 prey items, collected from nine Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus nests in the Cape Province, was analyzed. The importance of e.g. Leporidae and Viverridae in the prey spectrum is emphasized. Young domestic small-stock appear to stand at least as much chance of predation by large eagles as does the natural prey of these birds. Nevertheless stock predation by territorial, mated Martial Eagles was only 8% in this study, with some, at least, probably taken as carrion. The validity of the analysis of prey remains collected from or below eagle nests is discussed.Summary Boshoff, A. F. & Palmer, N. G. 1980 Macro-analysis of prey remains from Martial Eagle nests in the Cape Province. Ostrich 51:7-13. A total of 346 prey items, collected from nine Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus nests in the Cape Province, was analyzed. The importance of e.g. Leporidae and Viverridae in the prey spectrum is emphasized. Young domestic small-stock appear to stand at least as much chance of predation by large eagles as does the natural prey of these birds. Nevertheless stock predation by territorial, mated Martial Eagles was only 8% in this study, with some, at least, probably taken as carrion. The validity of the analysis of prey remains collected from or below eagle nests is discussed.
URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00306525.1980.9633535
Short Title:Ostrich
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