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2006-06-04

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2006-05-03

a) -- CONSERVATION WORKSHOP OF THE FAUNA OF ARABIA: DESERT PARK SHARJAH

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BCEAW - DESERT PARK SHARJAH
19-23 February 2006
REPORT ON THE ACTIVITY OF THE SMALL BIRDS OF PREY AND OWLS GROUP
Michael C Jennings and Tanya A Sadler
Introduction

The group was established to examine, species by species, those raptors and owls which were not considered by the large raptors working group in 2005, notably birds of prey in the genera Elanus, Milvus, Melierax, Micronisus, Accipiter, Buteo (but not B. socotranus endemic to Socotra), Pandion and Falco (but not hunting falcons), and allies (but not O. socotranus endemic to Socotra). It is understood that the hunting falcons and Socotra endemics will be included in a future workshops. However the population and conservation situation aspects of those species considered included where appropriate details of the Socotra population. Jordan was not directly considered although some input of data from Jordanian representatives on other working groups was gratefully received. (click here to view Full Report)

2006-05-02

Appendix

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(click here to view Appendix 1)
A NOTE ON THE STATUS, DISTRIBUTION AND POPULATION OF BREEDING BIRDS OF PREY AND OWLS IN ARABIA.

(click here to view Appendix 2)
Taxon Data Sheets

(click here to view Appendix A)
DISTRIBUTION MAPS OF RAPTORS AND OWLS BREEDING IN ARABIA

(click here to view Appendix B)
ESTIMATED POPULATIONS OF BREEDING RAPTORS AND OWLS IN ARABIA

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b) Taxon Data Sheets

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The groups worked through the Taxon Data Sheet(TDS) document for each species, to identify and categorise the conservation situation appropriate for each in Arabia and review this against its global status as shown in the various documents available to the group. The final iteration of each TDS and related distribution map is available by folowing the link for each species in the side menu.

Working through the TDSs it became clear that certain themes and issues occurred over and over again for a number of species, (in TDS order)

a. There was only poor quality information available on population trends both nationally and regionally, and this inhibited detailed and valuable discussion.
b. Information on Arabian habitats, habitat change, and habitat losses due to development and agriculture was limited.
c. Although much anecdotal information was presented the degree to which each species is in local or international trade in the Arabian region is very poorly known.
d. There is very few detailed studies of the target species in Arabia.
e. The general lack of detailed research into populations, habitats and life histories in Arabia of the species reviewed hampered discussion.
f. Captive breeding was not identified as a relevant issue for Arabian species at present.
g. There was no clear information available of exactly which species, species groups etc have any degree of protection in the region. This restricted the group’s ability to make recommendations towards legislation.

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c) Taxon Data Sheet

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d) taxon Data Sheet

Permalink 10:30:52, Categories: Black Kite  

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e) Taxon Data Sheet

Permalink 10:28:00, Categories: Dark Chanting Goshawk  

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f) Taxon Data Sheet

Permalink 10:26:18, Categories: Barn Owl  

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g) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:25:27, Categories: Desert Eagle Owl  

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h) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:24:11, Categories: Hume’s Owl  

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i) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:22:24, Categories: Sooty Falcon  

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j) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:22:16, Categories: Shikra  

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k) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:20:08, Categories: Osprey  

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l) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:18:04, Categories: Long-legged Buzzard  

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m) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:16:13, Categories: Gabar Goshawk  

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n) Taxon Data Sheets

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2006-05-01

Sooty Falcon

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Sooty Falcon population: The discrepancy identified between the accepted view of world population and the likely world population suggested from research in Arabia needs to be publicised and brought to the attention of appropriate conservation bodies. The group recommends that urgent efforts are made to identify how the world population of 100,000 birds has been calculated and to alert the IUCN of the discrepancy. This species may actually be endangered rather than ‘least concern’ as currently classified. (Action: Determine origin of published world population of 100,000 birds and report views of group to IUCN/BirdLife as necessary, Michael Jennings)

Sooty Falcon winter range: With only limited investment a great deal could be learnt on the non-breeding range of the Sooty Falcon by fitting some with satellite tracking devices. A few fitted at colonies in Bahrain, Oman, northern Red Sea and Yemen would provide extremely valuable information. This study could be extended to other species and include traditional ringing techniques as appropriate. (Action: Not allocated. It is suggested that Howard King could look into how this could be done for the Bahrain colony, perhaps with the help of Mohammed Shobrak who has knowledge of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea colonies and of satellite tracking technology. )

Taxon Data Sheets

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Owls in Arabian Folklore:
The particular situation within Arabia where owls are universally regarded in folklore as birds of bad omen, which often leads to persecution, was identified as a major stumbling block to their conservation. In an attempt to counter this negative understanding the group felt that a poster or similar document could be prepared which could then be circulated widely within schools to try and instil in children the idea that owls are not to be feared and are in fact a very beneficial part of the human environment because they eat rodent and insect pests. The group undertook to start action to prepare such a poster which it was hoped could be funded for printing by the Birdlife (Middle East), perhaps with local donations from both the official and private sectors. (Action: Draft poster design, Declan O’Donovan) (All members who have knowledge of the folklore aspects of owls in Arabia are requested to provide Declan with the details as this will be useful in designing the poster).

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