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Description of a new subspecies of the Egyptian Vulture (Accipitridae: Neophron percnopterus) from the Canary Islands

AuthorsDonázar, José A. ; Negro, Juan J. ; Palacios, César J.; Gangoso, Laura ; Godoy, José A. ; Ceballos, Olga ; Hiraldo, F. ; Capote, Nieves
Issue Date2002
PublisherRaptor Research Foundation
CitationJournal of Raptor Research 36: 17- 23 (2002)
AbstractOn the basis of four study skins from museum collections and 37 live birds from the island of Fuerteventura, we describe a new subspecies of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus majorensis) from the Canary archipelago. Canarian Egyptian Vultures are significantly larger than Western European and North African individuals. In addition, some genetic differentiation may exist; analyses of the mitochondrial DNA control region revealed that there are haplotypes exclusive to the Canary Islands. The current population of Egyptian Vultures in the Canary Islands is 25-30 breeding pairs restricted to the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and this subspecies is therefore endangered. © 2002 The Raptor Research Foundation, Inc.
Identifiersissn: 0892-1016
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