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Permalink 10:16:13, Categories: Gabar Goshawk  

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n) Taxon Data Sheets

Permalink 10:14:38, Categories: Common Kestrel  

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Sooty Falcon

Permalink 17:15:21, Categories: Small birds of Prey  

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

Permalink 17:10:09, Categories: Owls  

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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