Reintroduction of tree-nesting peregrines (Falco peregrinus) in central Europe

  • Published source details Kirmse W. (2001) Wiedereinbürgerung baumbrütender wanderfalken (Falco peregrinus) in Mitteleuropa . Zeitschrift für Jagdwissenschaft, 47, 165-177.


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Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of raptors

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Bird Conservation
  1. Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of raptors

    A replicated study of a captive-release programme in eastern Germany (Kirmse 2001) found that the release of 201 captive-reared peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus between 1990 and 2000 led to a population of at least 22 adult peregrines in the study area in 2000. This population of peregrines was unique in that it nested in trees, and imprinting techniques meant that all but 11 released birds nested in trees. The remaining 11 used buildings or cliffs, and none of their offspring reverted to tree-nesting.


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