rss_2.0Ornis Hungarica FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Ornis Hungaricahttps://sciendo.com/journal/ORHUhttps://www.sciendo.comOrnis Hungarica 's Coverhttps://sciendo-parsed-data-feed.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/62c959bdca8f8703463c68f6/cover-image.jpg?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Date=20220927T203548Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Expires=604800&X-Amz-Credential=AKIA6AP2G7AKP25APDM2%2F20220927%2Feu-central-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Signature=6c204e0a534f5737d5b328c6915dedb2642558c68342098e4a48fef8293dbbb8200300Distribution and demographic trend of Algerian Nuthatch population of Mount Babor forest in Babor-Tababort National Parkhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0008<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Summary</title> <p>The Algerian Nuthatch <italic>(Sitta ledanti)</italic> is the only bird species endemic to Algeria and it’s a protected species by the Algerian law since 1983. So far, we have no precise information on recent changes in population density as well as the demographic trends of this endangered species in its entire range in the Kabylia of Babors. The population of the species in the Babor-Tababort National Park remains the most abundant, with 275 individuals recorded in 2020. Thirty-eight years after the 1982 census, it multiplied with an annual multiplication rate of (λ) = 1.01 and grew with an annual growth rate of r = 1.36%. The Algerian Nuthatch has been present throughout the Mount Babor forest from 1,300 m altitude to the summit at 2,004 m altitude. The Algerian Nuthatch, in 2020, was more abundant in the mixed cedar forest because this type of forest covers the largest area in Mount Babor. The population of the species in the Mount Babor forest remains isolated that, however, could be connected to the population in the Tababort forest through the setting of an ecological corridor.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Trends of avian locomotion in water – an overview of swimming styleshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0003<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Adaptation to an aquatic lifestyle occurred in the evolution of several primarily terrestrial clades of tetrapods. Among these lineages, aquatic birds’ adaptations differ in many ways from other secondarily aquatic vertebrates. As a consequence of the evolution of flight, birds with swimming and diving abilities represent unique locomotion skills and complex anatomical solutions. Here we attempt to overview some of the main aspects of avian locomotion in water and highlight the diversity of their aquatic habits and locomotion types, with the best-known extinct and extant examples. The main features that can distinguish the different groups among these swimmers and divers are their different techniques to overcome buoyancy, the transformation of wings or hind limbs into aquatic propulsive organs, and their swimming techniques besides the presence or absence of the flying and/or terrestrial abilities. Understanding how the musculoskeletal system of aquatic birds evolved to face the requirements of moving in various environments with different physical characteristics provides a good opportunity to get a better view of convergent and divergent evolution.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Observations on parental care of the Eurasian Spoonbill during the post-fledging dispersalhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0011<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The number of available publications on the post-fledging parental care of wading birds (herons, ibises, spoonbills, and storks) and many other bird species is limited. In this study, I summarised the available knowledge collated from the observations of the Eurasian Spoonbills <italic>(Platalea leucorodia)</italic> in Hungary. A part of the available data is based on observations of colour-ringed individuals. The latest feeding event of a young by its parent was observed at Lake Csaj on 5 October 2020. The youngsters were being fed by their parents for 43 days (observed maximum) during the post-fledging dispersal. However, I estimated that this behaviour could even last for as long as 53 days. The parents lead (care for) their yearlings for 51 days (observed maximum), again I estimated that it could potentially last for a longer period of 63 days. The estimated length of parental care and feeding period could be longer or a little bit shorter during the post-fledging dispersal because it was not possible to follow the life of the families exactly. During parental care (feeding and leading of chicks), the majority of the colour-ringed Spoonbills were observed 2–26 km to the natal colonies of yearlings and the breeding colonies of the adults. However, on some occasions, they were 111–145 km far from those colonies. During the post-fledging dispersal, Spoonbills care for their chicks for a longer time than the European breeding heron species. A possible reason could be that the bills of young Spoonbills are not appropriate for fishing effectively at the beginning of fledging because of their shorter length and their less efficient hydrodynamic effect during lateral sweeping. Another reason could be that Spoonbills are tactile foragers and need more time to learn fishing. Based on data of a juvenile followed by a GPS device, learning the migration route and stop-over sites from parents or experienced adults could be important for Spoonbills, otherwise, young migrating alone with no accomplished individuals may not find the optimal routes and the proper stop-over areas. In the case of Spoonbills, we still do not know exactly the features of parental care during the post-fledging dispersal and have even less data on it during the migration. Thus, I request potential observers along the Adriatic Flyway to record the observations of parent-offspring interactions (feeding by parents, begging) particularly the Hungarian colour-ringed adults and/or young individuals and send data to the author’s e-mail address.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Substrate influences foraging selection by Eurasian Green Woodpeckers in autumn and winter: observations in Hungary over a 20-year periodhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0013<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The foraging behaviour and habitat use of the Eurasian Green Woodpecker <italic>Picus viridis</italic> at various sites in Hungary over a 20-year period was documented. Detailed observations were recorded on foraging behaviour at hard substrates; in quarries, cliffs and human made structures of brick and stone construction. Using Chi-square tests on the frequency of observations of birds at hard substrates foraging sites, we compared usage during periods of snow cover and those without. Birds were found to be more frequently observed at hard substrates during periods of snow cover because these remained largely free of snow. We supposed that this response was due to invertebrate prey becoming increasingly scarce generally across typical foraging sites, i.e. grasslands and meadows during harsh winter conditions. Accessibility to the alternative sites became important as a source of food because availability of prey was more reliable. Vertical surfaces of hard substrates such as those associated with quarries, cliffs and buildings may be important to sustain Eurasian Green Woodpeckers in periods of snow cover where these provide a valuable foraging resource.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Sacred green spaces in semi-urban areas sustain more birds than its adjacent areas: A study from lower Gangetic plains, West Bengal, Indiahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0007<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>With rapid urban expansion and flourishing real estate sector, remaining green patches in many sub-urban/peri-urban areas are facing immense threat and/or being destroyed. We therefore, explored the avian abundance and richness of green spaces around temples (sacred sites) and compared them with adjoining green spaces without religious places (control sites). The species richness and abundance in sacred sites (12.16 ± 0.65 species; 25.54 ± 1.176 individuals) was significantly higher than control sites (6.31 ± 0.77 species; 20.04 ± 1.4 individuals). The compositions of avian communities of sacred sites were significantly different and the presence of temple positively influenced the species richness. GLMM also revealed that the species richness was positively influenced by the distance to building and tree cover area and not influenced by distance to road, areas of water body, bare land. Our findings indicate that the green spaces around the sacred places have greater avian diversity in semi-urban areas, and could be prioritized for the conservation of avian diversity. Generating local support could be relatively easier due to traditional, religious and/or cultural belief against tree felling around the places of worship.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Higher level taxonomy affects body mass and femur length as predictors for egg size in birdshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0002<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Interpretation of fossil material using comparative anatomy often relies on relationships predicted from data collected from extant species. Some years ago, it was suggested that femur length of birds could be predicted from egg mass but this relationship was counter-intuitive because egg mass is usually related to a measure of body size. The original analysis was also not phylogenetically controlled. This study used the same data to determine phylogenetically controlled relationships for body mass versus egg mass, and egg mass versus femur length. Further analysis showed that order was important in the prediction of egg mass from either body mass or femur length. For some orders, the single regression estimate through all data significantly over-, or under-estimated egg mass. This problem was more pronounced for femur length compared with body mass. Extrapolation of the relationship between femur length and egg mass for large extinct birds seemed to be provide useful data for the Gastornithidae but under-estimated egg mass for other large bird species of a variety of families. Use of equations derived from extant birds to gain insight into the reproductive biology of extinct species needs to be undertaken with great care.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00The current status of Chukar ( J. E. Gray, 1830) in Armeniahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0006<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The Chukar <italic>Alectoris chukar</italic> is one of the most popular game birds of Armenia, but there is no governmental monitoring programme for that exploited species. We carried out national surveys in 2003–2019 and estimate the current occupied range of the Chukar in Armenia as 5,082 km<sup>2</sup> (17% of the country). In 2019, we estimate Chukar population size at 12,472 breeding pairs (95% CL: 10,266–14,677). Its population trend shows a moderate decline underlying strong annual fluctuations. In Armenia, the Chukar occurs on 20 public hunting lands covering 2,414 km<sup>2</sup> in total. Its abundance on these public hunting lands is estimated to 5,558 breeding pairs in 2019 (95% CL: 3,656–7,460). Surveys of the seven Hunters’ Unions of Armenia found that there are 10,000 to 20,000 active hunters. The number of hunting permits issued annually increased ten-fold between 2016 and 2019, exceeding the capacity of the public hunting lands in 2019. A hunter survey found that each Chukar hunter shot on average (± SD) 5.88±3.05 birds in the 2018/19 season, which extrapolates to 17,052–34,104 shot specimens of Chukar (at least 46% of autumn numbers). Current hunting management practice is thus unsustainable and we provide recommendations for sustainable approaches that should replace it urgently.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Multi-species settlement by secondary hollow-nesting passerine birds in a European Bee-eater colonyhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0014<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Simultaneous nesting of six species of secondary hollow-nesting passerine birds in abandoned European Bee-eater <italic>Merops apiaster</italic> nest-holes has been detected and described. The holes were occupied by Great Tit <italic>Parus major</italic>, Spotted Flycatcher <italic>Muscicapa striata</italic>, European Pied Flycatcher <italic>Ficedula hypoleuca</italic>, Black Redstart <italic>Phoenicurus ochruros</italic>, Eurasian Tree Sparrow <italic>Passer montanus</italic> and White Wagtail <italic>Motacilla alba</italic>, which formed a multi-species settlement in a European Bee-eater colony.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Presentation of so far undetermined bird remains from the Pliocene of Beremend 26 and Csarnóta 2 and 4 (Baranya county, South Hungary)https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0004<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The authors have defined at the order, subfamily, family or genus level the very fragmentary and small-size bird bone material from the three Pliocene-age sites in southern Hungary (Beremend 26, Csarnóta 2 and 4), which is in the collection of the Museum of the Hungarian Institute of Geology and Geophysics. The non-catalogued bone fragments remaining from the already examined material were identified. The number of taxa identified is 26, of which one species is new to science. The new species (<italic>Pliogallus csarnotanus</italic> n. sp.) belongs to a hitherto disputed genus, which is thus recognised through the newly defined material. Of the rest of the material, only <italic>Paleocryptonix hungaricus</italic> Jánossy, 1991 and <italic>Glaucidium baranensis</italic> Kessler, 2010 have been identified to species level, the <italic>Gallinula, Porzana, Merops, Garrulus, Nucifraga</italic> finds to genus level, while the other 18 taxa have been identified only to subfamily or family level (Perdicinae, Columbidae, Alaudidae, Hirundinidae, Panuridae, Paridae, Sittidae, Certhiidae, Muscicapidae, Turdidae, Sylviidae, Motacillidae, Prunellidae, Laniidae, Sturnidae and Fringillidae), or only to order level (Charadriiformes, Coraciiformes).</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Threat status assessment and conservation recommendations for Ibisbill in Kashmir Himalayahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0009<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The concern that population decline in wild species may lead to disruptions in the ecosystems has triggered numerous ecological studies across the globe. Therefore, monitoring biodiversity plays a key role in identifying priority species for evaluating the effectiveness of conservation measures. Ibisbill <italic>(Ibidorhyncha struthersii)</italic> is a habitat-specialist wader inhabiting high-altitude river rapids with cobbles, boulders and moderate flow of water in Asia. This study aimed to empirically assess the conservation and threat status of Ibisbill in the Kashmir Himalayan region (NW India). The species qualified as Endangered in the study region according to criterion B2 (area of occupancy &lt; 500 km<sup>2</sup>) of the IUCN Red List categories and criteria. Moreover, six priority sites for the conservation of Ibisbill were identified during extended field surveys in River Sindh, Kashmir, NW India. Threats faced by the Ibisbill along the priority sites were also recorded. Out of six sites, mining, livestock grazing and vehicle movement was observed at three sites, human interference including tourism activity at five sites and predation was observed at four sites. The results of this study suggest several conservation recommendations which need to be implemented to ensure the long-term persistence of the species.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Insect ectoparasites of the Red-backed Shrike in the Iberian Peninsulahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0015<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Of the 26 Red-backed Shrike <italic>(Lanius collurio)</italic> sampled with the aim of characterizing insect ectoparasites, five birds were parasitized by louse flies. Two species were identified, <italic>Ornithophila metallica</italic> and <italic>Ornithomya fringillina</italic>. The first species is reported for the first time in the Red-backed Shrike, and the second represents a new host association in the Iberian Peninsula.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Genetic polymorphism in the mitochondrial D-loop of Oriental White-backed Vultures https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0010<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Vultures are among nature’s most successful scavengers, providing tractable models for ecological, economic, and cultural studies. Asian vultures have undergone dramatic declines of 90–99% in the subcontinent due to consequences of poisoning drugs, thereby being at a high risk of extinction. In Pakistan, surveys conducted previously focused mostly the cause of decline and breeding strategies only. Genetic profiling of vultures was still unmapped that could play a particular role in conservation endeavors and let researchers to genetically label individuals of threatened or endangered species. In this study, we examined genetic diversity and molecular phylogeny of Oriental White-backed Vultures by analyzing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences. Genetic polymorphism was detected among individuals, and, on that basis, phylogenetic analysis was conducted through Bayesian analysis of DNA sequences using MCMC. Using multiple sequence alignment, two mutations, transversion T&gt;G and transition G&gt;A, were observed at nucleotide positions 1 and 2, respectively. Similarly, T/C heterozygosity at two positions, 53 and 110, and one heterozygous T/G locus at 130 position were also observed. The reference sequence, along with other samples of V1, V6, V7 and V9, was placed into a clade, while V2, V5, V11, V3, V4 and V10 samples were grouped into a two clade.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00The status of the European Stonechat in Hungary: a reviewhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0001<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In 2021, the European Stonechat <italic>(Saxicola rubicola)</italic> became the ‘Bird of The Year’ in Hungary, which makes it very timely to summarise our knowledge about the status of the species in the country and to emphasise conservation priorities.</p> <p>In Hungary, the species is a common, widespread breeder of dry roadside grass strips, abandoned ploughlands, bushy slopes and vineyards. It is most likely in the arid habitats between the Danube and Tisza and east of the Tisza. The largest populations also breed in these regions. The Hungarian population was estimated at 195,000–210,000 pairs between 2014 and 2018. The breeding population halved between 1999 and 2018, though it was stable until 2004. The breeding period begins from late March to early April and lasts until the end of July. First males arrive in February, and spring migration peaks in early March. Autumn migration peaks in late September. Few may overwinter. The number of birds ringed in Hungary since 1951 is 13,484, of which 1,401 were juvenile. Three birds ringed in Hungary were found abroad (Italy 2, Greece 1), and two specimens marked abroad (Croatia, Italy) were found in Hungary. The oldest bird was recaptured 1679 days after its ringing day in Hungary. The average body mass of juveniles increased significantly for both sexes by an average of 0.9 grams over 22 years. In the case of all age and sex groups, the average body mass increased during the autumn season. The average wing length of adults also increased during the autumn. The arrival time of either sex during spring migration did not change significantly between 1999 and 2020. In the case of all age and sex groups, the arrival time shifted later in autumn migration. The European Stonechat belongs to the red list category Near Threatened in Hungary.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00A comparative study on the nesting materials used by House Sparrow for Open and Inbox nestshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0012<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>House Sparrow <italic>(Passer domesticus)</italic> is a bird species connected to humans, widely distributed in most of the human settlements. They build nests in the crevices of our homes. The recent changes in house design minimized the crevices to build the nests and lead to habitat loss. The nest boxes are the alternative ways to re-establish the decreased House Sparrow population. We investigated the usage of nesting materials by House Sparrow with reference to construction of Open nests and Inbox nests in our study area. Because of its flexible attitude, it utilizes all the available materials for nest construction. In our study area at Jangareddigudem, we have examined about 100 Inbox nests and 40 Open nests. There are around 29 varieties of nesting materials used by Sparrows in the examined Inbox nests and around 27 varieties in the Open nests. Dūrvā grass found to be the major component of all the analyzed nesting materials in both Open and Inbox nests that constituted 43% and 36.5% respectively. The other structural materials such as coconut fibre (3.5%) and broom fibre (6%) were found to be more in Inbox nests. Synthetic fibre was more in Open nests (3.7%). We found significant differences between the Open and Inbox nests with respect to quantum of each nesting material type used, weight of the nests and time taken for nest construction by House Sparrow.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00“Leucism resulting in xanthochroism” – A report on colour aberration in Coppersmith Barbet from Asiahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2022-0005<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Plumage colouration is important for birds as it helps them in camouflage, mate selection, social signalling and various other physiological and behavioural processes. The most common pigments responsible for colouration are melanins and carotenoids. In a few individuals, colouration is disrupted due to various causes. The most common colour aberrations found in birds are leucism, albinism, melanism, carotenism, schizochroism and dilution whereas xanthochroism is a lesser-known phenomenon. In this article, five records of colour aberrant Coppersmith Barbet <italic>Psilopogon haemocephalus</italic> are reported. The authors along with the help of citizen scientists observed four individuals with disruptions in plumage colouration from different areas of West Bengal and Assam, India and one from Rajsahi, Bangladesh. Due to the lack of melanins, the birds were mostly yellowish and whitish in colouration with or without some normally coloured feathers on the head and wings. The carotenoid deposition was unaffected in the case of the observed adults and juveniles. These records can be cited as xanthochroistic individuals resulting from leucism. This is the first record of such colour aberration for Coppersmith Barbet from the whole of its distribution range.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-06-30T00:00:00.000+00:00Winter diet and roosting site use of urban roosting Long-eared Owls , and the change in the species’ population size in Southeast Hungaryhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2020-0013<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The Long-eared Owl <italic>(Asio otus)</italic> was chosen as the bird of the year in Hungary by BirdLife Hungary in 2020 to pay more attention to this species. In the present study, we analysed the data collected on the food, changes in the population and the use of the roosting sites of the owls wintering Southeast-Hungary. A total of 4,683 pellets were collected in four winter seasons between 2016 and 2020, of which 5,265 prey animals were identified. We counted the individuals roosting in the winter roosting sites, and from their maximum number we estimated the local population change of the species as well as the success of the breeding. For this, we also used roadkill data from the nearby town, Battonya.</p><p>The diet of Long-eared Owls in the study area was similar to that observed in other parts of the Carpathian Basin. The smaller differences were mainly due to the different geographical distribution of different prey species. We also identified some species previously having no or very few data, thus we confirmed their stable presence in the area. Different weather factors within the season did not effect owls’ diet. The most varied diet was found in the warmest, least snowy winter. Comparing the feeding data with the data from the 1960s and 1970s, it can be seen that the proportion of preys changed significantly. The proportion of House/Steppe Mice decreased by an order of magnitude, while that of rats increased by the same amount over time. The most likely reasons for this may be changes in agricultural cultivation or local demographic conditions (depopulation). In the 2018/19 season, the proportion of Common Vole in the pellets was much higher than in any other years, suggesting this year’s gradation of the species. The pellets collected in different roosting sites close to each other typically had the same proportions of prey animals.</p><p>The maximum number of birds observed at the roosting sites did not correlate with the weather of the given season, but was probably related to the effectiveness of the previous breeding season.</p><p>The population of the species decreased compared to the early 2000’s based on the number of roosting individuals. This may be due to a decline in crow populations. It should be noted, however, that according to both the roadkills in Battonya and the maximum number of the roosting individuals in Kevermes, this drastic decline came to a halt in 2010s.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-12-16T00:00:00.000+00:00First record of Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse in Lebanon, 2020https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2020-0026<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse <italic>(Pterocles lichtensteinii)</italic> is a nomadic, mostly nocturnal species. Its world range includes several countries in Africa, as far south as Kenya, and Asia as far east as Pakistan, but within the Middle East, it is a resident in Egypt, Southern Israel and Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and Southern Iran. Like other members of its family, it is found in very dry habitats including wadis and stony deserts. Seeing a flock of them in Lebanon is extraordinary. They were sighted for the first time in the country. The dry hot wind in that time of the year might have brought them there. A poacher shot the flock and killed six birds during night hunting.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-12-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Main mortality factors for the Eastern Imperial Eagle ( Savigny, 1809) in Bulgariahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2020-0021<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The Eastern Imperial Eagle is a globally threatened species, represented with not more than 35–40 pairs in Bulgaria. As a facultative scavenger feeding on carcasses and parts of dead domestic and wild animals, this species is extremely vulnerable to poisonous baits and toxic agents, intentionally or accidentally set up in its food. The present study identified electrocution and poisoning as the main mortality factors for the eagles in Bulgaria. We analysed a total of 56 cases among which 44 cases were related to the mortality of non-territorial eagles in different age classes, and we found 12 dead or distressed territorial birds recorded between 1992–2019. The main mortality factor was electrocution, accounted for 30.4% of fatalities. The poisoning was the cause of mortality in 12.5% of the non-territorial and 10.7% of the breeding birds. Some of the cases were laboratory confirmed as intoxication, while the others, based on the history, clinical symptoms and field evidence, indicated poisoning. The most commonly used toxic agents were anticholinesterase’s inhibitors. As a result of a timely therapy applied to the live birds found in distress with symptoms of poisoning, six eagles were successfully treated and released back in the wild. We found that mortality of eagles depended on the age of birds, breeding or dispersal grounds, while season had no significant effect.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-12-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Town avenues as flight corridors for Long-eared Owls https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2020-0014<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>During winter, Long-eared Owls <italic>(Asio otus)</italic> usually roost in groups in urban areas, but their nocturnal movement patterns are less known. The aim of our study is to provide insight into the local-scale urban movement habits of Long-eared Owls. Our study was carried out between 2015 and 2019 in the autumn and winter period, by observations in the early evening and by ringing and recapture of owls in the town of Sombor (NE Serbia). We observed owls when leaving the roosting site located in the town centre following the greenery of the larger avenues towards the outskirts. Owls were sporadically observed in densely built areas of the town, narrow streets with less greenery. Ringing and recapture data suggest that owls were closely linked to the green corridors. They probably used these corridors for easier orientation and to prey on birds roosting in trees in the town, such as sparrows <italic>(Passer domesticus, P. montanus)</italic>, Common Blackbirds <italic>(Turdus merula)</italic> or Fieldfares <italic>(T. pilaris)</italic> appearing in harsh winters, and sometimes also pigeons.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-12-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Population status and habitat assessment of Cheer Pheasant in Western Nepalhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/orhu-2020-0020<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The Cheer Pheasant <italic>(Catreus wallichii)</italic> is a protected species found abundantly to the west of Kaligandaki River. This study was conducted in the Myagdi district located in the western part of Kaligandaki River from October 2016 to June 2017. Our aim was to assess the habitat and population status of Cheer Pheasant, using acoustic survey and quadrate methods. A total of 38 breeding individuals were estimated in 7 bird/km<sup>2</sup> density. The study also revealed that Cheer Pheasants showed a preference for exposure components of the habitat. They preferred moderately steep eastern slopes (10–35°) and steep southern slopes (35–67°) between 1800–2400 m elevations. Additionally low tree density and high herbs density showed a significant effect on the habitat choice of the species. Poaching and habitat destruction are the major threats in the study site, calling upon a strategic management plan for the long-term conservation of the Cheer Pheasant.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-12-16T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1