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Branta Cover Language of the article: Russian Cite: Andryushchenko, Y. A., Diadicheva, E. A., Popenko, V. M., Chernichko, R. N., Busel, V. A. (2016). Spring-summer population of birds of Azov Upland. Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 19, 7-30 Keywords: birds, spring-summer population, Azov Upland, numbers, status Views: 335 Branta copyright Branta license

Branta Issues > Issue №19 (2016)

Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 7-30

Spring-summer population of birds of Azov Upland

Y. A. Andryushchenko, E. A. Diadicheva, V. M. Popenko, R. N. Chernichko, V. A. Busel

The article presents current data on spring-summer population of birds of the least studied, western part of Azov Upland. Most of the information is based on expedition materials collected over the period 2014-2016, and additional bird census data over the period 1991-2012. In May – June, a total of 138 bird species from 16 orders were registered (Table 1). Occurrence of other 41 species is suggested basing on literature sources. Dominant species during the census period (mainly late May) were Swallow Hirundo rustica (1.31 ind./km of automobile route), Starling Sturnus vulgaris (1.24 ind./km), Rook Corvus frugilegus (1.02 ind. / km), Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana (0.93 ind./km). Subdominants were Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava (0.56 ind./km), Sand Martin Riparia riparia (0.51 ind./km), Tree Sparrow Passer montanus (0.50 ind./km), Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra (0.45 ind./km), Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio (0.37 ind. / km), Whitethroat Sylvia communis (0.28 ind./km), and Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus (0.28 ind./km). The relative numbers of other species did not exceed 0.25 ind./km. The article provides information on rare and scanty species of the region such as Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, Black Kite Milvus migrans, Saker Falco cherrug, Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo, Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus, Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus, Short-toed Lark Calandrella cinerea, Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator, and Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala. To clarify the status of early breeding species, the additional studies in mid-April – early May period are required.

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