Category Archives: European Raptors

New Spanish book about all European raptors

Spanish raptor experts Alex Ollé and Fran Trablón have published a new Spanish book called Aves Rapaces de Europa. It covers all European raptors including rare visitors like the Rüppell‘s Vulture. The book is a great companion to books like Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by Dick Forsman.

The Spanish book by Alex and Fran covers not only identification but also biology, migration and conservation. The pictures in the book are mostly very good and show the details of many different plumages. The text is very well written and easy to read. At the end is a long list of literature about raptors.

Besides an introduction and the species account, there are (ad the end of the book) many plates with photographs of similar species which are of great help when seeing difficult species in the field.

The book is completely in Spanish but with bird names also in English, German French and other languages used in Spain like Basque, Galician and Catalan.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interesting in European raptors.

And if you’ve always thought about learning Spanish (it’s not that hard!), now there is a very good reason to finally get started!

The author’s have also published (in 2017) a book about the raptors of Catalonia called Guia de rapinyaires de Catalunya. I do not own or know this book (and I cannot read the language although it’s similar to Spanish) but it has received some very good reviews as well.



Raptor conservation online survey

Raptor researchers Santiago Zuluaga Ph.D(s) and Juan M. Grande PhD. have started an online survey about raptor conservation.

They write:

“We are working in a general study to assess the viewpoints of raptor researchers about raptor conservation across the world.

We would like to ask you to fill out an online survey. It will take you a few minutes but we think the results may help us to focus on different aspects of raptor conservation worldwide. Please, we also encourage you to share it with other researchers that could be interested in the topic.

We divided the survey in four, one focused on Old World and New World vultures, one focused on the remaining Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, Kites, Harriers, etc.), another is focused on Falconids (Falcons and Caracaras), and finally one focused on owls. All four surveys are very similar but have small differences. We suggest you complete the ones of the groups that you know better, but if you work with different groups and want to complete more than one group it’s ok.”

The surveys are:

Old World and New World vultures
Hawks and eagles

If you’re a researcher or work in conservation, you can fill out these forms until December 1st.

American Eagle Foundation announces international eagle grants

The American Eagle Foundation is proud to announce that starting July1, 2018, we will be accepting proposals for our first ever, International Eagle Grants. The American Eagle
Foundation’s International Eagle Grants program will be targeted at funding research and conservation for eagle species in developing, underserved areas. The grants will help to promote research and conservation focused on eagles, and award decisions will be made based on a combination of quality of the proposal and the proposed project, the conservation status of the species, the urgency of the need for the project, and the qualifications of the applicants. Up to $10,000 in grants will be available with grant requests of $500 to $5,000 considered.

The AEF International Eagle Grants Program will be discharged in a manner similar to our Bald Eagle Grants program. For more information on this program, see our website at . To date, the American Eagle Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in grants to help to further our understanding and conservation of the Bald Eagle. Grants were first awarded in 2012, with about $100,000 awarded yearly (no awards were granted for 2013).

The American Eagle Foundation uses a Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team to numerically rank all grant applications. This team consists of some of the Nation's outstanding eagle experts and will be the same team used to rank proposals for the AEF International Eagle Grants Program.

The American Eagle Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the United States’ living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey. The American Eagle Foundation is celebrating its 32nd year of carrying out its mission through Preservation, Repopulation, Education, and Rehabilitation. It is headquartered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood Family Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The American Eagle Foundation International Eagle Program will accept applications July 1 – September 1, 2018 for grants, beginning the next calendar year. Names of successful applicants and their projects will be shared at the Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference for 2018, to be held in Skukuza, South Africa.

If you are interested in applying for an AEF International Eagle Grant, contact grant coordinator Jody Millar to access required forms.

New book about the raptors of Italy


A new book, written in Italian, has recently been published about the raptors of Italy.

It is called Rapaci d’Italia and is written by Federico Cauli e Fulvio Genero.

It covers all raptor species of Italiy, their biology and status.

More information in Italian can be found here on the publishers website:

Rapaci d’Italia

The contact information (email) for ordering the book can be found here: Contatti

Make sure to also read an interview I published a few years ago with Fulivo Genero, one of the authors.

Interview with Fulvio Genero about vultures in Italy


Owl are coming to

Although not closely related from an evolutionary point of view, owls are often ecologically similar to raptors. And some owls strongly interact with diurnal raptors via competition or even predation. For example, the Eurasian Eagle Owl can be a powerful predator of most European raptors species and also other owls.

For this reason, and because owls a very interesting birds, I’ve added species accounts for the owls. Currently they are empty but content is coming soon. Make sure to come back regularly.

I’ll first start working on the Eurasian Eagle Owl and Ural Owl.

3 new Spanish books about raptors and owls in Europe


Three new books (written in Spanish) are currently being written with the first volume already available. The 1st book covers the European eagles, the 2nd book the remainig raptors and the 3rd book is about the European owls.

The first volume is called “Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa” and covers the european eagles.

The book are a mix of great pictures and interesting text. I will publish a short review once I have a copy in my hands.

Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa

New book: The Life of Buzzards by Dr. Peter Dare

Whittles Publishing has announced the publication (March 2015) of a new book by Dr. Peter Dare called “The Life of Buzzards”.

The book covers the Common Buzzard. It is great to see that finally a new book about the biology of this fascinating raptor is now being published.

According to the website the book covers:

  • The fascinating lives of Buzzards are revealed from extensive studies over many years
  • A long overdue update of the natural history and ecology of the Common Buzzard
  • Provides detailed accounts of their breeding cycle from courtship until fledging of broods
  • Guidance provided on Buzzard breeding studies including interpretation of aerial behaviour

More information about the book on the publishers website:

The Life of Buzzards.

The publisher will send me a copy of the book (many thanks to Whittles Publishing!). A review of the book will follow once I’ve read it.


New Spanish raptor book: Viaje a las rapaces

Recently, Tundra Ediciones published a new beautiful raptor book called “Viaja a las rapaces” (Journey to the raptors).
It is completely in Spanish. It is not a scientific work but still very interesting. It aims to “bring the emotions of watching raptors in the wild” to the reader.
Erything is beautifully illustrated with wonderful drawings.

The book is written and illustrated by Juan Varela and Víctor J. Hernández.

More information about the book can be found here:

Viaje a las rapaces

Upcoming Neotropical raptor to tour in Belize in August 2014

Belize, a small country south of Mexico is a fantastic place for watching neotropical raptors and other birds and animals like the Morelet’s crocodile.
It is a great place to see raptors like the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk Eagle, King Vulture, White Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon and many more.
With some (or maybe a lot of) luck even Jaguar sightings might be possible.

A wonderful way to travel to Belize is with the great guys from the Belize Raptor Research Institute. They know the place like no other, have an in-depth knowlegde of the indentification and ecology of the local raptors and wildlife and actively do conservation work in Belize for raptors like the Solitary Eagle.
I was on a trip with them myself in December 2012 and it was spectacular with many raptors and other amazing sightings, great food, wonderful people and many fantastic experiences.

Their next trip is in August 2014. If you want to do Neotropical birding or raptor watching, this will be a fantastic trip.

More information:
Event: 2014 Belize Raptor Tour: An Experience of a Lifetime!