Urbanization and Raptors: Trends and Research Approaches

Raylene Cooke, Fiona Hogan, Bronwyn Isaac, Marian Weaving, John G White

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Urbanization presents a major global issue for the conservation and survival of many species. With the increasing footprint of cities and intensification of our use of urban areas, wildlife faces extremely difficult challenges to live there. understanding how species respond to urban processes and how to design urban landscapes that facilitate species' presences are major emerging research and management priorities. Despite general negative responses to increasing urbanization, some animal taxa, both native and introduced, appear to benefit from urban environments by capitalizing on novel environments and abundant resources. Those that are common in urban systems display particular physical characteristics and ecological traits. They also frequently display a level of behavioral plasticity or tolerance, adjusting their behavior to interact with, and survive in, urban environments. Termed urban-adaptors, these species may exhibit altered spatial, foraging and breeding behaviours, as detailed in Chapter 2.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Raptors
Subtitle of host publicationEcology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities
EditorsClint W Boal, Cheryl R Dykstra
Place of PublicationWashington DC USA
PublisherIsland Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781610918411
ISBN (Print)9781610918398, 9781610918404
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Urban ecology
  • Raptor
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Prey
  • Habitat selection

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