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Title

Conditioned learning for the prevention of electrocution in rehabilitated juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti

AuthorsHöfle, Ursula
Issue Date2015
Citation10th Conference of the European Ornithologist's Union (2015)
AbstractElectrocution is a major problem for large raptors in open areas. The construction of safe electrical pole and wire configurations is the primary way of reducing this mortality and has been applied successfully in many regions of the Iberian Peninsula. However, electrocution is still the main cause of mortality for the Spanish Imperial Eagle. We employed an electric fence equipped power pole in a flight cage to train rehabilitated eagles ready for release to not use these poles as perches. To date three eagles were trained and released. Despite being the highest and most attractive perch in the cage avoidance of the power pole was effective after two low power electric shock experiences. Post- release satellite transmitter data is available only for one of the three individuals. This two-year-old eagle has establishes a small home range in an open area, and five months after release is still avoiding power poles as perches. These preliminary results show that similarly to other species such as the Californian Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) or the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) conditioned learning is effective in the mid-term, as an additional tool to the correction of dangerous power poles.
DescriptionResumen del póster presentado a la 10th Conference of the European Ornithologist's Union, celebrada en Badajoz (España) del 24 al 28 de agosto de 2015.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/145874
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