The re-introduction of oxpeckers Buphagus africanus and B.erythrorhyncus to the Rhodes Matopos National Park, Rhodesia

  • Published source details Grobler J.H. (1979) The re-introduction of oxpeckers Buphagus africanus and B.erythrorhyncus to the Rhodes Matopos National Park, Rhodesia. Biological Conservation, 15, 151-158.


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Translocate songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Translocate songbirds

    A before-and-after study in Zimbabwe from 1975 to 1977 (Grobler 1979) surveyed the populations of yellow-billed oxpeckers Buphagus africanus and red-billed oxpeckers B. erythrorhyncus in Rhodes Matopos National Park (an area within the former range of both species), following the translocation of 47 yellow-billed and 12 red-billed oxpeckers in 1975. Sightings of B. africanus rose from 1975 (3.9 sightings/month) to 1977 (13.7 sightings/month). B. erythrorhyncus did not appear to establish in the park, with a single pair seen in the release area in 1977. Translocation mortalities occurred only for those birds released more than 30 hours after capture.


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