Census of the population of the Houbara Bustard and other species of steppe birds in the eastern Canary Islands

Census of the population of the Houbara Bustard and other species of steppe birds in the eastern Canary Islands

Birdlife
Birdlife

Census of the population of the Houbara Bustard and other species of steppe birds in the eastern Canary Islands

Quantifying the number of individuals that make up the population of the Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata), the cream-colored Courser (Cursorius cursor), the Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) and the Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus).

Geographic scope: 

Islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (Canary Islands)

Results: 
  • Census of the Houbara Bustard in pre-reproductive phase (December-January), reproductive phase (February-March) and post-reproductive phase (July-August).
  • Census of the cream-colored Courser (Cursorius cursor), Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) and Stone-curlew.
  • Identification of priority zones for each species paying attention to those areas that concentrate the greatest number of individuals within the least surface area of ​​the islands.
  • Assessment of the changes in population over the past seven years taking as a starting point the comparison of the censuses conducted in 2005-2006 and 2012.
Period: 

2011-2012

In collaboration with: 
  • Native Fauna and its Habitat Rehabilitation Group (Grefa)
  • Island Council of Fuerteventura
  • Island Council of Lanzarote
  • Government of Canarias
  • Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC)