Raptors Worldwide

The World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls

Back cover photograph: B.-U. Meyburg
Portrait of an adult Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) captured on 29 July 1996 near its eyrie in France and marked with a solar-powered satellite transmitter (PTT 19627). Its autumn migration was tracked in great detail up to its wintering grounds in Niger (see  Alauda 66:  39-48, 1998). The Short-toed Eagle is a rare and declining but  typical breeding species for Hungary with only 30 to 40 pairs. It reaches here the northwestern border of its range.
Front cover photograph
Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus,  one of the three Gyps  vulture species which have recently suffered a near-catastrophic decline in Southern Asia (see page 197 et seq.) Photo courtesy Munir Z. Virani/The Peregrine Fund.


R. D. Chancellor and B.-U. Meyburg

Raptors Worldwide (2004)

Proceedings of the 6th  World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls
May 2003, Budapest, Hungary

Published jointly by WWGBP and MME (Birdlife Hungary) with numerous figures, maps,
photographs and line drawings

ISBN 963-86418-1-9,   890 pp.

This copious volume of 890 pages forms the Proceedings of the 6th World Conference on Birds of Prey & Owls held in May 2003 in Budapest, Hungary. Outstanding amongst the 81 refereed original papers in English, presented by over 150 authors from all over the world, is an extensive section on vultures, severely threatened if not already extinct in many parts of their former range, comprising 12 papers on different Old and New World species and their conservation together with eight special studies providing a comprehensive picture of the recent catastrophic decline of species in the genus Gyps in Southern Asia, particularly India and Pakistan, the hitherto inexplicable cause of which was first revealed during this conference.

Other sections are devoted, among others, to such wide-ranging topics as Population Limitation, Taxonomy, Electrocutions, Raptor/Human Conflicts and Environmental Contaminants. Other special sections are devoted to Falcons and Eagles respectively, including accounts of the unrivalled conservation work carried out in Hungary on such endangered species as the Saker Falcon and Imperial Eagle, forming an object lesson for other countries. Many other papers present the most up to date state of research and conservation of different diurnal and nocturnal raptors worldwide.


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MME/BirdLife Hungary was established in 1974, with the aim of stimulating the protection of Hungary’s natural values and promoting active measures for the conservation of the country's wildlife. In order to accomplish the objectives set forth in the society's nature conservation strategy (protection of sites, habitat, species and working together with people) MME actively researches, organises and implements practical conservation programmes and takes part in the preparation and shaping of a nature conservation policy. MME is also committed to the raising of public awareness as to the importance of nature conservation.. More than 8000 of its members work to this end.

One of MME’s leading activities is the protection of birds of prey and owls. MME’s achievements in this field were presented at the conference and are also to be found in this volume.

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