A comparison of spring migration phenology of Bee-eaters and Oriental Honey-buzzards Pernis ptilorhyncus at Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia, 2000-01

Robert Decandido, Deborah Allen, Reuven Yosef, K. L. Bildstein

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Abstract

Counts of migrating Blue-tailed Bee-eaters Merops philippinus and Blue-throated Bee-eaters M. viridis, as well as five raptor species were made in March 2000 and March 2001 at Tanjung Tuan, a coastal migration watchsite in western Malaysia. Totals of 2226 bee-eaters (12.9 bee-eaters h-1) and 11 441 raptors (66.5 raptors h-1) were counted. The Blue-tailed Bee-eater comprised 60.8% of Merops individuals (1353 birds) that could be identified. The Blue-throated Bee-eater was much less common, comprising 10.0% of the flight (222 counted). Oriental Honey-buzzards Pernis ptilorhyncus comprised 93.1% (10 648 individuals) of the raptor flight. Bee-eater and Honey-buzzard migration peaked during 11:00-16:00h, and both generally preferred westerly winds to make landfall at Tanjung Tuan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalArdea
Volume92
Issue number2
StatePublished - 8 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • East Asian Flyway
  • M. viridi
  • Malaysia
  • Merops philippinus
  • Migration
  • Pernis ptilorhyncus

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