Feeding ecology and behaviour of the last known surviving oriental Northern Bald Ibises, Geronticus eremita (Linnaeus, 1758), at their breeding quarters in Syria

@article{Serra2008FeedingEA,
  title={Feeding ecology and behaviour of the last known surviving oriental Northern Bald Ibises, Geronticus eremita (Linnaeus, 1758), at their breeding quarters in Syria},
  author={Gianluca Serra and Mahmud Scheisch Abdallah and Ghazy al Qaim},
  journal={Zoology in the Middle East},
  year={2008},
  volume={43},
  pages={55 - 68}
}
Abstract The last handful of individuals from the eastern population of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) have been closely observed and monitored during the breeding seasons 2002–2004 and 2006 in their breeding quarters in the Syrian desert. The home range used by the ibises was estimated to be up to about 450 km², which was already partly included in a specific protected area established by the Syrian authorities in 2004. Their main feeding habitat was a stony… 
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