Study

Development of hunting behaviour in hacked Aplomado falcons

  • Published source details Brown J.L., Heinrich W.R., Jenny J.P. & Mutch B.D. (2004) Development of hunting behaviour in hacked Aplomado falcons. Journal of Raptor Research, 38, 148-152.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of raptors

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Bird Conservation
  1. Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of raptors

    A replicated study in Texas, USA, between 1993 and 2002 (Brown et al. 2004), found that all of the 154 northern aplomado falcons Falco femoralis septentrionalis studied displayed hunting behaviour without having been taught it. Birds were hacked from 22 sites in groups of between two and eight birds, taken to the hacking site at 30 days old, released at 38-41 days old and provided with food for a further six weeks. Males began hunting earlier (19 days after release for 78 birds vs. 24 days after release for 76 birds), but made their first kills later (35 days after release for 19 kills vs. 32 days after release for 19 kills by females). Group hunting was also observed.

     

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