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Scientists from West Virginia University, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, U.S. Forest Service, and USGS co-authored a book chapter on conservation status, threats, and research priorities for Asian raptors.  

Researchers summarized Asian raptor diversity, broken down by threats, regions, and countries, from threatened bird species data compiled by BirdLife International. The scientists found Asia home to 235 species, including 47 percent of the world’s threatened, and near-threatened raptors. Agriculture, aquaculture, and biological resource extraction are thought to be the greatest threats to Asian eagles, hawks, vultures and owls. Pollution and biological resource extraction are thought to be the greatest threats to Asian falcons. Secondary threats include changes to land cover, urbanization, and energy production.  Raptors are more at risk in Asia than elsewhere in the world. This review supports the need to continue cataloging the status, threats and needs, and understanding conservation priorities for these species.


Concepcion, C.B., Bildstein, K.L., Collar, N.J., Katzner, T.E., 2018, Conservation threats and priorities for raptors across Asia In Sarasola, J.H., Grande, J.M., Negro, J.J., eds., Birds of Prey: Cham, SpringerLink, p. 395-418,


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