The impact of electrocution on the New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae)
|Title||The impact of electrocution on the New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Fox, NC, Wynn, C|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||electrocution, Falco novaeseelandiae, Marlborough, mortality, New Zealand Falcon|
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.