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Ranging behaviour of a juvenile Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis) in South Africa revealed by GPS satellite telemetry

By Vicente Urios, Pascual López-López, Rubén Limiñana and Alfonso Godino


A second-year Bearded Vulture was equipped with a GPS transmitter and located on average 10 times a day from 6 September 2007 to 22 June 2008. During this period, the individual ranged in an area of ca. 38,500 km2 across the mountainous regions of Lesotho and the north-eastern Cape province of South Africa, thus covering on average 66 km/day, mainly in areas covered by scrubland and herbaceous vegetation. Three different activity areas with a temporal overlap of locations within them were observed. The ranging behavior could be explained by two non-exclusive alternative hypotheses: food searching and territory exploration. The information provided here may serve to identify potential threats for the species, such as poisoning, collision with power lines, food scarcity and persecution.Terra Natura Foundation. P. López-López is supported by a FPU grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education (reference AP2005-874)

Topics: Bearded Vulture, Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis, GPS satellite telemetry, Distribution range, South Africa, Zoología
Publisher: BirdLife Finland
Year: 2010
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