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The Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo): Biology of an Aerial Hunter


Series: Die Neue Brehm-Bücherei: English Edition Volume: 575

By: Dietrich Fiuczynski(Author), Ilona Fiuczynski(Foreword By), Joana Fiuczynski(Foreword By), Julia Fiuczynski(Foreword By), Ron Downing(Preface By)

394 pages, 139 colour photos and colour illustrations, 47 tables

VerlagsKG Wolf (formerly Westarp Wissenschaften)

Paperback | Jan 2017 | #207708 | ISBN-13: 9783894321383
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Language: English with bilingual foreword in English and German

This is an English translation of the German monograph. Note that the content has been completely updated from the original with recent findings, including a new analysis of the biocide situation, made by Peter Wegner.

Apart from the lesser spotted eagle, only two predatory birds of Germany's forests brood in midsummer: the honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which is a specialized wasp hunter, and the Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo). The late breeding season also has trophic causes for F. subbuteo, because at that time there is a rich supply of fledglings and flying insects such as dragonflies, hymenoptera and beetles.

Previously, this small falcon has been considered a highly specialized hunter of swallows and larks. Recent studies, however, show that the hobby does not only brood in the vicinity of larger cities, but also directly in urban areas. Especially in the outskirts the hobbies hunt successfully for sparrows, greenfinches, swifts, and even escaped budgerigars.

This volume evaluates the results of many years of observations on hobbies in Berlin and Brandenburg. Many issues such as philopatry, sex ratio, European migration routes and their risks were investigated.

Today, the population of the hobby in Central Europe is threatened, and so this monograph provides knowledge which is fundamental for an effective protection of this species.

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Geleitwort/ Foreword   4
Preface   6
Acknowledgements   8
Introduction   10

1. Names of the Eurasian Hobby   16
2. Systematics and subspecies: an Old World Falcon   18
3. Field characteristics and descriptions: slate-grey upper parts, black-and-white face with moustache   20
4. Eggs   29
5. Voice: alarm call to soft duetting   30
6. Biometrics: from eggs to nestlings and adults   32
7. Habitat for breeding and hunting   41
8. Distribution and status: a palearctic summer visit and migrant   49
9. The Breeding Cycle   109
10. Breeding success and mortality   197
11. Food and breeding season   230
12. Migration   292
13. Predation and other risks: From Goshawk and Eagle Owl to Man   330
14. Biocides   341
15. Moult and preening   345
16. Protection   350
17. References   356
18. Index   391

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