Bonelli’s eagle Aquila fasciatus chick is rejected from its own nest but accepted by a foster pair with other fledglings in India

  • Published source details Pande S., Pawashe A. & Pednekar B. (2004) How long is too long? A case of fostering nestling bonelli's eagles Hieraaetufsa sciatus. Journal of Raptor Research, 38, 381-382


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Foster eggs or chicks of raptors with wild conspecifics

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  1. Foster eggs or chicks of raptors with wild conspecifics

    A small study in Maharashtra, western India, in March 2003 (Pande et al. 2004) found that a Bonelli’s eagle Aquila fasciatus (also known as Hieraaetus fasciatus) nestling that was removed from its nest when 40-42 days-old was repeatedly ejected from its nest by its parents after being returned. However, when transferred to a nest 250 km away occupied by a pair with two fledglings that had already fledged, the nestling was fed by both parents and fledglings for a week until it fledged in late March.


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