The marathon migrant
The Amur Falcon is a complete, long distance, trans-equatorial migrant (Bildstein 2006). It has one of the of longest migration routes of all birds — doing upto 22,000 km in a year — from eastern Asia all the way to Southern Africa and back. It also is unusual in migrating over sea and migrates during the night (Meyburg 2010).
Migrating birds leave their Asian breeding range and travel to northeast India and Bangladesh, where they fatten up while staging for overland flights over peninsular India (Ali and Ripley 1984). Subsequently, they undertake the longest regular overwater passage of any raptor, crossing over the Indian Ocean between Western India and tropical East Africa, a journey of more than 4,000 km, which also includes nocturnal flight (Bildstein and Zalles 2005). This species is finely attuned to the strong monsoon tailwinds, which results in its late arrival in eastern Africa in autumn (Ash and Atkins 2009). Migrants arrive in their southern African winter range in November-December and depart by early May (Mendelsohn 1997). This species is an “elliptical migrant” (Kerlinger 1989), and its return route back to its breeding range is largely overland and to the north and west of its southbound route (Bildstein and Zalles op cit.).
- The amazing saga of this Amur Falcon.
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- Amur falcon fact file.
Media coverage so far:
- » Open The Killing Fields of Falcons
- » The Hindu Now, the tragedy of the common species
- » Global Voices ‘Industrial Scale’ Hunting of Migratory Amur Falcons in Nagaland
- » Asian Correspondent Annual 2-week hunt kills up to 140,000 falcons
- » Rajya Sabha TV [Video] Wide-scale killing of Migratory Amur Falcons in Nagaland is raising questions on India's commitment towards biodiversity.
- » Daily News, Tanzania Satellite-tracked amur falcon escapes massacre of 120,000 of her fellows
- » Ornithological Observations How to make 2.5 billion termites disappear? A case for protecting the Amur Falcon
- » Nagaland Post Capturing, killing of amur falcon banned
- » Nagaland Post Amur Falcon: A guest in our land
- » National Geographic Daily News Pictures: Falcon Massacre Uncovered in India
- » Surfbirds.com Shocking Amur Falcon Massacre in Nagaland
- » The Island, Sri Lanka Plight of the Amur falcon
- » Yahoo News MoEF sounded on Amur falcon massacre in Nagaland
- » Sanctuary Asia Amur Falcon Massacre in Nagaland, India
- » Change.org Please Stop Amur Falcon Massacre in Nagaland, India
- » Birdwatch Quick action to save India's Amur Falcon
- » Birdlife International Help required to end hunting massacre in Nagaland, India
- » The Pioneer Faith can, alas, fall prey to profits
- » Care 2 14,000 Amur Falcons Slaughtered Every Day
- » TOI, Mumbai BNHS supports the cause of conservation of Amur falcons
- » Northeast Today Stop Trapping, Hunting of Amur Falcons in Nagaland
- » The Hindu Migratory Birds Killed in Nagaland: Report
- » The Star Flight into a Killing Field
- » Wildlife Extra 120,000 Amur falcons massacred in 1 week in India
- » The Economic Times Amur falcon birds on way to Africa killed in Nagaland: Report
- » Times of India, Pune Protect Amur falcons, BNHS tells MoEF
- » CNN-IBN Live [VIDEO] Thousands of Amur falcon birds poached for trade, consumption in Nagaland
- » Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Amur Falcon Slaughter....time to speak up!
- » Times of India, Kolkata Amur falcon birds on way to Africa killed in Nagaland: Report
- » Seven Sister's Post Nagaland hunters cut short Amur falcons’ flights of fancy
- » The Indian Express Migratory birds on way to Africa killed in Nagaland: report
- » The Pioneer Rare Falcons slaughtered in Nagaland
- » Outlook India 'Migratory Birds On Way to Africa Killed in Nagaland'
- » Zee News Migratory birds killed in Nagaland
- » 'Campaign Cartoon' -- Green Humour! Never Land in Nagaland!
- » Morung Express, Nagaland Fortune hunting Amur falcon migratory birds
- » Hindustan Times MoEF sounded on Amur falcon massacre in Nagaland
- » Bird Ecology Study Group Massacre of Amur Falcons in Nagaland
- » Birding Mongolia Shocking Amur Falcon Massacre in Nagaland
- » National Geographic Explorers Journal Migrating Amur Falcons Massacred in India: We Need A Global Solution
- » Morung Express, Nagaland Notification against trapping of migratory falcon birds
- » Kolkata Birds A Sad Encounter with Migratory Amur Falcons in Nagaland (2009)