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A three-decade review of telemetry studies on vultures and condors

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A three-decade review of telemetry studies on vultures and condors
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Movement Ecology, September 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40462-018-0133-5
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Pablo A. E. Alarcón, Sergio A. Lambertucci


Telemetry-based movement research has become central for learning about the behavior, ecology and conservation of wide-ranging species. Particularly, early telemetry studies were conducted on vultures and condors due to three main reasons: i) these birds capture the curiosity of humans, ii) their large body size allows researchers to deploy large telemetry units, and iii) they are of high conservation concern. This has resulted in a great number of scientific articles that remain scattered throughout the literature. To achieve a more cohesive view of vultures and condors movement behavior, we review all telemetry studies published up to 2017. We first present a descriptive summary of the technical and design characteristics of these studies (e.g. target species, tagging location, number of individuals tagged) and go on to discuss them under a common conceptual framework; the Movement Ecology Paradigm. The articles found (N = 97) were mainly published in the last decade and based on the tagging of individuals from 14 species (61% of the extant species) and 24 countries. Foraging was the most in-depth investigated movement phase (25 studies), with studies covering several species, using both phenomenological and mechanistic approaches and tackling the role of different drivers of movement. In contrast, commuting and natal dispersal phases were only superficially investigated (3 and 8 studies, respectively). Finally, studies dealing with the conservation and management also comprised a large portion of the reviewed articles (24 studies). Telemetry studies have revealed relevant details of vultures and condors movements, with highly accurate measurements of flight energetics and a better understanding of the morphological, physiological and context-dependent drivers that underlie the movement decisions of these birds. However, we also detected several information gaps. We expect this review helps researchers to focus their efforts and funds where more information is needed.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 21%
Student > Master 12 20%
Researcher 10 16%
Student > Bachelor 6 10%
Other 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 13 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 39%
Environmental Science 12 20%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 2%
Mathematics 1 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 2%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 17 28%

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