Satellite Tracking of the Lappet-faced Vulture in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Y. Shobrak 
Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University, PO Box 888, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Abstract: Two Lappet-faced Vultures (Torgos tracheliotos), were fitted in early 1995 with Satellite transmitters at the Mahazat as-Sayd protected area located in Cen-tral west Saudi Arabia in order to track their movements. After release, the vultures left the reserve for approximately seven months, both returning in the autumn. Both birds visited areas to north-east or north of the reserve, though one tended to range over greater distances. The movements of these two birds supported observations of seasonal changes in the abundance of Lappet-faced Vultures in the Mahazat as-Sayd protected areas, and also indicated that some birds engage in short-distance migration within Saudi Arabia. In addition, the movements of these two birds suggest that there is a possibility of contact between other Lappet-faced Vultures populations within Saudi Arabia and those in neighbouring countries. This suggests that a single meta-population could range over the Arabian Peninsula.
Key words:  Lappet-faced Vulture, Mahazat as-Sayd, migration, meta-population.

Jordan Journal of Natural History, 1, (2014), 131-141.

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