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Der Sperlingskauz [The Pygmy Owl]

Monograph
By: Siegfried Schönn(Author), Wolfgang Scherzinger(Contributor)
123 pages, 1 colour photo, 59 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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Der Sperlingskauz [The Pygmy Owl]Der Sperlingskauz [The Pygmy Owl]

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Language: German

Among the owls of Europe, the pygmy owl is the smallest and, with regard to biology, one of the most interesting species. The rare occurrence of the pygmy owl, its dawn activity, as well as its occurrence in remote ridge regions of low mountain ranges, led to the fact that the pygmy owl belonged to the most unknown domestic breeding birds in the past. It was therefore a delightful task for the author to investigate occurrences and biology, and to present these in the present volume, taking into account the literature for the first time. In addition to the boreal owl and northern hawk-owl, the pygmy owl is designated as a taiga element of the Siberian-Canadian fauna type. Caves of medium-sized woodpeckers are used for breeding. During the breeding season, the male feeds the family with food, which consists mainly of small mammals and birds. Pygmy owls are usually resident birds and territorial. After ten years of observation in the peaks of the Westerzgebirge and careful literature studies, the author presents a detailed monograph in which, in addition to known research results on this almost unique bird species, all the knowledge gaps about their way of life are also shown. Occurrence in Central Europe, habitat usage, expression forms and reproductive biology are presented, among others. A particular concern of the work is to provide the basis for protective measures by means of etho-ecological knowledge, which also forms a prerequisite for the conservation of this endangered bird species.

Summary in German:
Unter den Eulen Europas ist der Sperlingskauz die kleinste und hinsichtlich der Biologie eine der interessantesten Arten. Das seltene Vorkommen des Kauzes, seine Dämmerungsaktivität, sowie sein Vorkommen in entlegenen Kammlagen der Mittelgebirge führten dazu, daß die Kleineule in der Vergangenheit zu den unbekanntesten heimischen Brutvögeln gehörte. Es war für den Autor deshalb eine reizvolle Aufgabe, Vorkommen und Biologie zu untersuchen und diese in vorliegendem Band unter Berücksichtigung der Literatur erstmals umfassend darzustellen. Neben Rauhfußkauz und Sperbereule wird der Sperlingskauz als Taiga-Element des sibirisch-kanadischen Faunentyps bezeichnet. Zur Brut werden Höhlen mittelgroßer Spechtarten benutzt. In der Fortpflanzungsperiode versorgt das Männchen die Familie mit Nahrung, welche vorwiegend aus Kleinsäugern und Vögeln besteht. Sperlingskäuze sind in der Regel Standvögel und reviertreu. Nach zehnjähriger Beobachtungszeit in den Kammlagen des Westerzgebirges und sorgfältigem Literaturstudium legt der Verfasser eine detaillierte Monographie vor, in der neben bekannten Forschungsergebnissen über diese geradezu einmalige Vogelart auch alle Wissenslücken über ihre Lebensweise aufgezeigt sind. Vorkommen in Mitteleuropa, Habitatansprüche, Ausdrucksformen und Fortpflanzungsbiologie werden u. a. dargestellt. Ein besonderes Anliegen der Arbeit ist es, durch Vermittlung etho-ökologischer Kenntnisse Grundlagen für Schutzmaßnahmen aufzuzeigen, die auch bei dieser bedrohten Vogelart eine Voraussetzung für ihre Erhaltung bilden.

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Monograph
By: Siegfried Schönn(Author), Wolfgang Scherzinger(Contributor)
123 pages, 1 colour photo, 59 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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