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The impact of electrocution on the New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae)

TitleThe impact of electrocution on the New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFox, NC, Wynn, C
JournalNotornis
Volume57
Issue2
Pagination71-74
Type of ArticleFull article
Keywordselectrocution, Falco novaeseelandiae, Marlborough, mortality, New Zealand Falcon
Abstract

In a 5 year radiotracking study of 55 falcons on the Wairau Plain, Marlborough, the causes of death in 21 birds were identified. Of these, 10 (47%) falcons were electrocuted (7 juvenile females, 1 adult female, 1 juvenile male, and 1 adult male). Seven of the 10 poles were fitted with transformers. This level of mortality is thought to be too high to sustain a population of falcons. Suggestions are made how to mitigate the problem.

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