Eagles Take to South African Agriculture

Verreaux’s Eagles nesting in South Africa’s mountains are not as successful as their neighbors nesting in an agricultural landscape.

An eagle population in South Africa is thriving despite its situation in an agricultural landscape, according to a new paper in The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The birds are Verreaux’s eagles, predators in decline in southern Africa. Surprisingly, a community in the heavily farmed Sandveld region is healthier than one in the nearby, less developed Cederberg Mountains. The researchers speculate that the agricultural terrain may be easier for eagles to navigate and that their prey may be more diverse. The researchers said that potential threats, like the development of wind turbines, should be monitored.

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