Confirmation of little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) migration by satellite telemetry

Renée Brawata, Stuart Rae, Bernd Gruber, Sam Reid, David Roberts

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Abstract

The post-breeding migration of an adult male little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) was followed from south-eastern Australia to the Northern Territory using a GPS satellite transmitter. The bird bred in open woodland habitat on the edge of the city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), before it flew more than 3300 km in 18 days, to winter in an area of eucalypt savannah in the Northern Territory. It remained there for 59 days, within a range of ∼30 km, after which the last signal was transmitted. The bird was subsequently resighted back in its ACT territory at the end of winter, thus completing a return migration. This is the first confirmation of post-breeding migration for the species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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