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Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg

Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg
BirdLife Germany (NABU) · Raptors

Prof. Dr.
Various raptor projects often using Satellite and GPS tracking techniques.

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Introduction
Bernd Meyburg, Chairman, Raptor Working Group of BirdLife Germany & Chairman World Working Group on Birds of Prey (WWGBP) Email: BUMeyburg@aol.com Internet: www.Raptor-Research.de www.raptors-international.org https://scholar.google.com/ Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyburg has studied birds of prey and other bird species since 1962. He has organized several raptor world conferences and symposia on satellite telemetry. Most papers of the Proceedings are available: www.raptors-international.org.
Additional affiliations
January 1992 - December 1999
National Wildlife Research Center
National Wildlife Research Center
Position
  • Visiting Researcher
Description
  • Research on migration and wintering of Steppe Eagle, Imperial Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle using satellite telemetry. Papers on Steppe Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle published, see www.Raptor-Research.de.
January 1984 - May 2017
Raptor Working Group of BirdLife Germany
Position
  • CEO
January 1978 - present

Publications

Publications (285)
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The natural forest cover of Java is now reduced to small, very isolated fragments which remain the only suitable habitats for a number of endemic species. The aim of this survey was to assess the distribution and population size of the ten forest Falconiforms, including the endangered Java hawk eagle, Spizaetus bartelsi. Five of the main forest res...
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There is very little confirmed information on the social organisation of breeding Lesser Spotted Eagle populations, the turnover rate of adults, and their nest-site and partner fidelity. According to established knowledge, however, breeding individuals are territorial and defend at least the immediate vicinity of the nest site against their own spe...
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Little is understood about the dispersion and movements of Palaearctic migrant raptors while wintering in southern Africa. The high temporal and spatial resolution of GPS telemetry data provided the opportunity to describe how space is used by one such migratory raptor in its wintering range, the lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina. Kernel density...
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The energy turnaround in Germany has far-reaching consequences for humans and animals, but they are still not yet precisely foreseeable. Rare animal species are to continue to be protected, but the energy demand is to be covered rapidly from wind solar power. With great haste, the federal government is trying under the extreme conditions of dwindli...
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Characterizing the genetic diversity and structure of populations is essential for understanding their evolutionary history and planning species conservation. The lesser spotted eagle (Clanga pomarina) is a large migratory raptor with a relatively small breeding range concentrated in Eastern Europe. We evaluated the level of genetic diversity and p...
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The Red Kite has come to the forefront of general consciousness in recent decades. A major contributing factor has been repeated collisions of these raptors with wind turbines and the important role they play in the approval process for new turbines. Efforts to improve their protection sometime encounter challenges due to limited knowledge about so...
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Migratory connectivity of Steppe Eagles Introduction The steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis is an Endangered large raptor, that breeds in Eurasian steppe. Despite its wide distribution and charismatic appearance, much is still unknown about its ecology, behavior and migration. We used data from GPS-tracked steppe eagles to map migration and to calcu...
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For the Lesser Spotted Eagle, which is threatened with extinction in Germany, the transition towards ever-more energy being generated by wind has created a new, additional and increasing source of danger in areas where eagles breed. In order to minimise losses due to collisions, proposals for minimum distances and shutdown times of wind turbines...
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Meyburg, B.-U. 2021. Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina. Pp. 76-87 in: Panuccio M., U. Mellone & N. Agostini (eds). Migration strategies of birds of prey in the Western Palearctic. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. ISBN: 978-1-138-49572-2. The majority of the European population moves across the Bosphorus, then crosses Turkey in a south-easter...
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Meyburg, B.-U. & C. Meyburg (2020): Minimum distances and shutdown times for wind turbines to protect the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina)-recommendations based on GPS telemetry results. Berichte zum Vogelschutz 57: 113-136. For the Lesser Spotted Eagle, which is threatened with extinction in Germany, the transition towards ever-more energy b...
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The greater spotted eagle (Clanga clanga) is poorly known compared to other European eagles. We tracked an immature greater spotted eagle during 2018–2020 within the eastern European part of the species’ distribution, west of the Ural Mountains. Because so little is published about the annual movements of this species, especially from that region,...
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Das Kapitel behandelt das Vorkommen des Schreiadlers im Bundesland´Baden-Württemberg (Bundesrepublik Deutschland).
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As has been the case since 2004, the project to raise and release second-hatched Lesser Spotted Eagle young ("Abel") was successfully continued this year with financial support from NABU in order to promote the population. Six second young eagles ("Abel") were successfully reared in 2020 and released in the Schorfheide. For comparison: 13 young eag...
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Wie bereits seit 2004 wurde das Projekt zur Aufzucht und Auswilderungen von zweitgeschlüpften Schreiadlerjungen ("Abel") auch in diesem Jahr mit finanzieller Förderung des NABU erfolgreich fortgesetzt, um den Bestand zu fördern. Sechs zweitjunge Adler ("Abel") wurden 2020 mit Erfolg aufgezogen und in der Schorfheide ausgewildert. Zum Vergleich: Aus...
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According to previous studies using colour rings, lesser spotted eagles Clanga pomarina have established breeding territories up to 249 km from their natal site. A colour-ringed lesser spotted eagle nestling from NE Poland settled 540 km further west in NE Germany. This male was discovered at the age of six and nested there for several years. This...
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Animal tracking data are being collected more frequently, in greater detail, and on smaller taxa than ever before. These data hold the promise to increase the relevance of animal movement for understanding ecological processes, but this potential will only be fully realized if their accompanying location error is properly addressed. Historically, c...
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Satellite tracking in Oman suggests that the resident population of Egyptian Vultures is larger than previously estimated. We used information from tracked vultures as a framework for searches for Egyptian Vulture territories in northern Oman. We found 61 occupied territories, and identified 19 additional presumed territories for which occupancy wa...
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We document the existence of a narrow autumn migration corridor for soaring birds in Lebanon, qualifying as a “bottleneck site”, situated within the greater Eastern Mediterranean flyway. Over 11 days in September–October 2019, we counted 8751 raptors of 23 species, during observations lasting on average 3.5 hours per day. The raptors use the strong...
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From November 2019 to January 2020, a gathering of up to 6000 Steppe Eagles (60-70% adults/sub-adults and 30-40% immatures/juveniles) was present at a dump site 6.5 km southwest of Ushaiqer (25.30° N, 45.12° E), 180 km north-west of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In addition, c1200 Steppe Eagles were located at a landfill near Shaqra (25.16° N, 45.19° E),...
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Abstract We tracked 12 adult Egyptian Vultures Neophron percnopterus, captured at a landfill near Muscat, Oman, in January 2018. By 31st May 2018, none had migrated, although one had moved to southern Iran. Assuming that the tracked birds were representative, it seems likely that the majority of Egyptian Vultures found in Oman in winter are reside...
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High genetic diversity and low differentiation retained in the European fragmented and declining Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) population Ülo Väli, Valery Dobrovski, Marina Dzmitranok, Grzegorz Maciorowski & Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg Characterising genetic diversity and structure of populations is essential for effective conservation of threa...
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Characterising genetic diversity and structure of populations is essential for effective conservation of threatened species. The Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga), a large and globally vulnerable raptor, is extinct or in severe decline in most of its previous range in Europe. We assessed whether the remnants of European population are genetical...
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Capsule: Non-breeding Egyptian Vultures Neophron percnopterus tracked in Oman and the Horn of Africa ranged over large areas and made regular use of anthropogenic sources of food. Tracking data provide evidence that vultures monitor the availability of food within their home ranges. Aims: To study home range and movement patterns of non-breeding Eg...
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Nahrungssucheverhalten von Schreiadlermännchen Clanga pomarina in Mecklenburg-Vor-pommern und Brandenburg während der Jungenaufzucht unter Berücksichtigung etwaiger Naturschutzmaßnahmen Masterarbeit angefertigt an der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät,
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The title for undertaking the most arduous of all raptor migrations, belongs certainly to the Amur Falcon, which is a complete transcontinental, transequatorial, long-distance flocking migrant. The principal breeding (mainly NE China) and wintering (mainly S. Africa) ranges are separated by both 70° of latitude and longitude. Details of the species...
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Oman is a stronghold for Egyptian vulture and other endangered scavenging birds. We tracked five juveniles and subadult Egyptian vultures via satellite, and mapped their 95, 75 and 50% kernel isopleth home ranges. 95% kernels ranged in size from 4238 to 7323 km 2. We then determined the amount of different types (e.g. high voltage and medium voltag...
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We tracked a breeding adult female lesser spotted eagle ( Clanga pomarina ) from Germany using GPS technology, and provide details of her collision with a small aircraft at Rzeszów (SE Poland) during April 2016, when she was migrating towards her breeding territory. The ultimate fate of the bird was not established until the tag was found by chance...
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Birds exhibit a wide variety of migration strategies, not only between species, but also within species. Populations might migrate to specific sites outside of the breeding season, but individuals within populations may also exhibit different migration strategies. Young, unexperienced birds may take different routes, visit different sites, and time...
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German Ospreys are long-distance migrants. Most of the many ring recoveries are of juvenile birds, and adults have never been satellite-tracked. During 1995 – 2011 we marked 28 adult Ospreys in NE-Germany with satellite tags, with one still active after 8 years. Three males wintered in Iberia, the other birds in West Africa. The migratory paths fol...
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In boreal autumn 1995, we tracked a migrating adult Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus calidus from the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen to near Cape Town, South Africa, a distance of 6 346 km. While on migration it covered 288 km d−1, on average. During its migration in Africa it migrated faster than any other Peregrine tracked so far using satelli...
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The ontogeny of migration routines used by wild birds remains unresolved. Here we investigated the migratory orientation of juvenile lesser spotted eagles (LSE; Clanga pomarina) based on translocation and satellite tracking. Between 2004 and 2016, 85 second-hatched juveniles (Abels) were reared in captivity for release into the declining German pop...
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During 2003-2016 we collected 116,715 GPS fixes from 27 adult LSE (22 males and 5 females). Some birds have been tracked for more than 10 years, and some are still being followed. The new generation GSM tags can collect vast amounts of data. For example, in only two months, transmitter 0219 (fitted 20 July 2013) transferred 12,774 GPS fixes until t...
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The ontogeny of migration routines used by wild birds remains unresolved. Here we investigated the migratory orientation of juvenile lesser spotted eagles (LSE; Clanga pomarina) based on translocation and satellite tracking. Between 2004 and 2016, 85 second-hatched juveniles (Abels) were reared in captivity for release into the declining German pop...
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Amongst birds of prey, the Amur Falcon regularly undertakes by far the longest migration flights across the open sea. Its annual cycle is timed so that while migrating it uses strong monsoon tail winds in both directions, and its late breeding season allows it to use Magpie Pica pica nests for breeding, as the latter’s young fledge before the Amur...
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48.9 % of records were from flying birds, the rest from perched individuals. 59.7 % of the recorded flight heights were ≤ 200 m above ground level (AGL), below the maximum height of the rotors of the taller wind turbines currently being built. The average flight height varied between individual territory holding birds (188 - 288 m AGL), as did the...
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Greater Spotted Eagle French: Aigle criard German: Schelladler Spanish: Águila moteada Taxonomy: Aquila Clanga Pallas, 1811, Russia and Siberia . Closely related to C. pomarina, but specific status confirmed by morphological and genetic studies. The two hybridize regularly. Monotypic. Distribution: EC Europe E through Russia to S Ussuriland and N...
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Neues vom Fischadler: 2.115 km Zug in dreieinhalb Tagen und ein Totfund in Afrika Mit Spannung wurde die Rückkehr der besenderten Fischadler ins Brutgebiet erwartet. Über die GPS-Satelliten-Ortungen konnte der Zugweg des Männchens mit Sender 95783 mitverfolgt werden, das Weibchen mit der Sendernummer 68562 sollte seinen angestammten Horst in Meckl...
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Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) Taxonomy French: Vautour moine German: Mönchsgeier Spanish: Buitre negro Other common names: Eurasian Black Vulture, Monk Vulture Taxonomy: Vultur Monachus Linnaeus, 1766, Arabia Proposed races chincou (sometimes as “chinou”) of China and danieli of Mongolia generally not recognized. Monotypic. Distribution:...
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Descriptive notes 55–67 cm; male 1000–1400 g, female 1300–2200 g; wingspan 146–168 cm. In field, perched bird appears rather uniform chocolate brown. In flight, most adults have upperwing coverts paler than rather dark flight feathers, but much individual variation; less conspicuous contrast between pale underwing coverts and flight feathers; these...
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Meyburg, B.U., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2016). Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/53155
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Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) French: Aigle ibérique German: Spanischer Kaiseradler Spanish: Águila imperial ibérica Other common names: Spanish Eagle Taxonomy: Aquila adalberti C. L. Brehm, 1861, Spain . Formerly considered conspecific with A. heliaca; substantial differences in morphology and ecology, as well as molecular data, howe...
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Aquila nipalensis Closely related to A. rapax and A. heliaca (presumably also A. adalberti), and in the past often considered conspecific with first of those (see A. rapax, above). Races differ little in plumage, and size variation at least partly clinal; species sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized. Subspecies and Distributio...
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Es wurde nachgewiesen, dass in Gefangenschaft aufgezogene Zweitjunge erfolgreich brüten können. Selbst ein aus Lettland als Jungvogel verfrachtetes Männchen hat 2014 in Brandenburg einen eigenen Jungadler erfolgreich aufgezogen. Auch Nachbarpopulationen (z. B. in Polen) können, wie sich am Beispiel eines Weibchens gezeigt hat, vom Jungvogelmanageme...
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To date, reliable studies on the spatial area use and home range size of the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) during the breeding season are lacking. Between 2007 and 2014, 43 adult individuals were fitted with GPS transmitters in Germany. The home range sizes of 27 males, which successfully reared 47 broods, ranged between 4.8 and 507.1 km2 based on the 9...
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Die Flughöhe von Vögeln ist schwer zu ermitteln. Dies gelang bisher nur punktuell (Radarstudien, Mondbeobachtung etc.) aber nur sehr bedingt über längere Strecken. Bisherige Argos/GPSSatellitensender konnten normalerweise nur Flughöhen bis knapp über 2.000m ü. NN messen und GPS-Ortungen maximal ein mal pro Stunde liefern. Methode 2012 und 2013 wurd...
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Einleitung Die Flughöhe von Vögeln ist schwer zu ermitteln. Dies gelang bisher nur punktuell (Radarstudien, Mondbeobachtung etc.) aber nur sehr bedingt über längere Strecken. Bisherige Argos/GPSSatellitensender konnten normalerweise nur Flughöhen bis knapp über 2.000m ü. NN messen und GPS-Ortungen maximal ein mal pro Stunde liefern. Ergebnisse Bis...
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The Eastern Imperial Eagle is a rare species. To our knowledge the migration of adult birds has never been studied by satellite telemetry.Four adult males, two adult females and two immature Imperial Eagles were trapped near Taifin Saudi Arabia while wintering using the method described by Ostrowskiet al. (2001). They were fitted with satellite tra...
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Am 26. Dezember 2009 wurde im Landkreis Elbe-Elster (EE) im Süden des Landes Brandenburg (BB) ein Seeadler mit einem schweren Anflugtrauma unter einer Mittel-spannungsleitung gefunden. Es handelte sich um ein unberingtes, nicht ganz ausgefärbtes Männchen, das Geburtsjahr dürfte 2006 gewesen sein. Es hatte eine Lungenquetschung und eine Korakoidfrak...
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Im Zeitraum 1995 bis 2011 wurden von uns im Rahmen dieser laufenden Untersuchung 28 Fischadler mit Satelliten-Sendern (PTTs) markiert (25 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 3 in Brandenburg), bis auf einen immat. Vogel alles adulte Tiere. Der Fang erfolgte mittels der Dho-Gaza-Methode, wobei lebende Seeadler als Lockvögel am erfolgreichsten waren (s. Abb....
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Four adult male Honey-buzzards Pernis apivorus were fitted with GPS satellite transmitters in northern Germany. The tags were deployed during the nestling period and the birds followed until they started their autumn migration. For one male, data were also collected throughout the following breeding season. The four birds occupied home ranges that...
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In the time frame 2001 to 2011 we fitted 12 adult German Honey Buzzards (seven males and five females), primarily in Schleswig-Holstein, with solar powered satellite transmitters (PTTs), of various types and producers, weighing 18-22 g. 13 transmitters were used. In the last three years four males and two females were fitted with GPS transmitters....
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Sixteen Steppe Eagles were trapped on migration and in their winter quarters and fitted with satellite transmitters, 15 of them in Saudi Arabia and one in South Africa. They were tracked for up more than a year and for a distance of up to 17,100 km. A total of 3,734 location fixes received were used in this study. One adult female was observed in i...
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Zusammenfassung Die Türkei will zum 100. Gründungsjubiläum der Republik 2023 zu den zehn größten Volkswirtschaften der Welt zählen. Dafür treibt Ministerpräsident Erdogan gigantische Infrastrukturprojekte in Istanbul voran. Eines der ehrgeizigsten davon: Der Bau des neuen Flughafens im Norden der Millionenmetropole. Der Flughafen soll riesig werden...