March 25, 2016

Amur Falcons – From Russia to Africa

With over 3 million observations uploaded on eBird from India, it is now possible to look at interesting patterns that can be generated from such data.

Amur Falcons in Nagaland © Ramki Sreenivasan

Amur Falcons in Nagaland © Ramki Sreenivasan

Amur Falcons are renowned for their long migration route. Each year, they spend the summer in their breeding grounds in south east Russia and north east China before migrating south west to get to their wintering grounds near South Africa. Along the way, large numbers pass through India with the biggest congregations seen in the north eastern states.

Using data submitted by the public on eBird, we made an animated map to track the monthly movements of the Amur Falcons. As you can see, there are a few sightings of these birds moving through India in March and April as well.

Take a look yourself and explore maps for various species on this link:

You can also check out more interesting data such as bar graphs showing frequency of sightings and seasonality by clicking on this link:  Amur Falcon’s Seasonality and Line Graph.

Amur Falcons' migration - January to December

Amur Falcons’ migration – January to December

(Note: Map may take time to load as the file size is 1.8 MB. Click to open it full-size.)

Providing safe passage to the marathon migrant: Read more about the successful campaign to stop the Amur Falcon massacre in Nagaland.

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Deepa Mohan
Deepa Mohan
5 years ago

Very interesting to read.

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