Abundance and Distribution of African Fish Eagles along Major Rivers in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

Zisadza-Gandiwa, Patience and Chiganze, Samuel and Chirombe, Paul and Mashapa, Clayton and Muboko, Never and Gandiwa, Edson (2013) Abundance and Distribution of African Fish Eagles along Major Rivers in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. pp. 336-341. ISSN 2276-7762

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Abstract

African fish eagles (Haliaeetus vocifer) are important birds of prey and indicator of ecosystem integrity in aquatic environments. We assessed the population abundance and spatial distribution of African fish eagles along three major rivers in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Data were collected using walked transect surveys along Mwenezi, Runde and Save rivers in Gonarezhou between March and April 2011. A total of 54 African fish eagles were recorded with an average density of 0.62 individuals per km. African fish eagles were mostly distributed in areas with large water pools along Gonarezhou’s three major rivers. The results suggest that large pools along perennial rivers are important in the distribution and density of African fish eagles in Gonarezhou. Future studies should aim at establishing the long-term population trends of birds of prey in Gonarezhou. Keywords: African fish eagle, population, savanna, riparian vegetation, perennial river.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Protection and Conservation
Depositing User: Research Database Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 10:44
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 10:44
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/458

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