The following article will cover some interesting facts about the birds of Croatia. Besides information on the different species, the article also covers the decline in the population of Imperial Eagles. You’ll also learn about the Short-Toed Snake Eagle and Waxwing, small passerines. In addition, you’ll get to know the most common types of bird migration and the migratory routes of these species. You’ll also learn about the endemic and migratory birds of Croatia.
Population decline of Imperial Eagles in Croatia
The population decline of the imperial eagle is one of the most pressing conservation issues in the region. Since the species was considered extinct for almost two centuries in Central Europe, intensive protection efforts have helped its numbers rebound. Today, only 30 pairs of the eagle breed in Croatia. That number is estimated to decrease even further. In order to reverse the decline in the imperial eagle population, environmentalists are working to reforest the region and protect the birds.
Conservation efforts have been successful in restoring the populations of the imperial eagle in Bulgaria and East Thrace. In addition, 608 electrical poles were insulated within eagle territories, and 483 supplemental feedings were provided to 14 pairs between October and March. The numbers of imperial eagles in these areas have been estimated to be between 35 and 150. Unfortunately, this is still not enough to prevent the eagles from vanishing entirely.
Lesser Spotted Eagles are territorial eagles in Croatia
Lesser Spotted Eagles are the territorial eagles of Croatia. They have aggressive breeding habits, and males tend to defend their nesting sites. This makes them the only eagle species in Croatia to visit its own nest. Their large feet and unusually long legs make them formidable predators. Their breeding success is low, and the species is protected through conservation efforts.
The European Union has protected and encouraged the eagles to reproduce in Croatia. It is believed that the eagles are recolonizing territories and breeding in other parts of Europe. In addition to their European range, Croatia is home to the world’s largest colony of Lesser Spotted Eagles. The bird’s habitat is diverse, ranging from semi-natural wetlands to agricultural fields.
This eagle breeds in eastern Europe, northern Africa, and Russia. They spend the winter in central and southern Africa, and spend the summers in Croatia. Lesser Spotted Eagles migrate through the Bosporus, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. They migrate eastward along the Black Sea. Their winter range in Croatia is primarily based on their migration routes.
Short-Toed Snake Eagles are migratory birds
Short-Toed Snake Eagles are beautiful migratory birds from Europe to Africa, with a population that is now in decline. The species feeds primarily on reptiles, such as snakes, but they are also known to prey on small mammals and birds. Their preferred habitats are open areas with trees for nesting and foraging. Occasionally, the eagles will perch on high branches or trees and hunt for snakes.
The eagles are not noisy, and their calls are weak whistles. Adults range in size from 59 to 70 centimeters long, with wingspans of between 162 and 195 centimeters. They are brown with white undersides. When flying, their wings have black bars on them. When perched, they soar over their territory. Then, they hunt by diving and catching prey in the air.
The Short-Toed Snake Eagle is a species of Least Concern, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The eagle’s population is widespread, but in some countries, it is threatened by intensive farming. It is migratory and local, but not threatened in Croatia. In fact, it is considered common in Croatia, which is the best place to see the species.
Waxwings are small passerine birds
The Cedar Waxwing is a small passerine bird with a prominent crest. This species is warm-brown in color, with yellowish under-tail coverts and a dark tail tip. They are medium-sized and sleek, with a short, wide bill and short neck. Waxwings are known for their distinctive crest, which droops over the back of the head. Their short, square-tipped tails are similar to starlings.
This species is a member of the silktail family, which includes a variety of passerine birds. Their plumage is soft and silky, with distinctive red tips on the wing feathers. Waxwings are arboreal, feeding on insects and berries during the summer and on nectar and seeds in winter. Females are similar to males except for a black line running through the eye and a dark under-chin. Their bill and feet are also dark.
In addition to waxwings, there are a variety of waders. The procellariids are the largest and most recognizable family of small petrels. Procellariids have a long outer functional primary and united nostrils. They have a variety of flight patterns and interesting mating displays. Waxwings are the most common passerine birds of Croatia, with up to a dozen species in the country.
Booted Eagles are migratory birds
The Booted Eagle is a migratory bird found throughout the Balkan peninsula and southern and eastern Europe. It usually breeds in the Balkan peninsula, but can also be found in eastern Poland and the Southern and Eastern Balkans. This species nests in protected areas of Croatia, where they are rarely seen during the breeding season. They also breed in sea cliffs and deserts.
The population of Booted Eagles in Croatia is growing by leaps and bounds. The country is home to a breeding pair of eagles, known as Malena and Klepetan. Local ornithologists track the movements of the birds during the winter months. One of these eagles, Pasko, is currently in South Sudan. In 2017, local ornithologist Sven Kapelj discovered Pasko at Telascica Nature Park and equipped the bird with a GPS tracker.
A typical breeding habitat for this species is the Veliki Rastovac Forest. The former U. S. R. is home to many Booted Eagles, including the Lesser Spotted Eagle. In Europe, this species breeds in a small area of the Balkans, but is generally found as a pair in the Caucasus. These migratory birds have a low reproductive success rate and a low survival rate.
The Cedar Waxwing is a common bird in most parts of the US and Canada. Its range varies greatly depending on the types of plants it feeds on. In warmer climates, the species can be found all year long, but in colder regions, it only lives during the breeding season. This bird is distinguished by its glossy, silky appearance, rakish black mask, and brilliant red wax droplets on its wing feathers.
The waxwing nests are found in tall pine trees. They tend to breed late in the year to take advantage of the ripening fruit. However, waxwings can start courting as early as the winter. During courtship, the pair passes fruit back and forth until one eats it. The two then copulate. They do not defend their nests, but they will attack intruders. So, be aware of these territorial behaviors.
Cedar Waxwings eat fruit throughout the winter. Their most common food source is cedar berries. This species of waxwings will pluck the berries from trees while perched, hanging upside down, or hovering in midair. After eating the entire fruit, the birds will disperse the seeds in their feces. However, you should avoid overripe fruit as this could cause intoxication and death.
Nightjars are medium-sized birds that are found in nocturnal habitats. They are typically found hawking for food at dusk or dawn. Their long tails and pointed wings make them similar to the kestrel and the cuckoo. Their brown plumage is so cryptic that it’s hard to tell which one is which. They also have a reputation for being supernatural and stealing goat milk. The male of the species has a distinct song, which is distinctly ventriloquial.
The European Nightjar is a crepuscular nocturnal bird. It breeds in most of Europe and the Palearctic, as well as Northwestern China and Mongolia. There are six subspecies of this species. The species is not native to Croatia, and its range extends across the world. The species feeds primarily on large flying insects and moths. It’s also a migratory bird.
The bustards of Croatia are a relatively uncommon species that can be found on many types of property. They are omnivorous, meaning that they eat a variety of plant and animal matter. Males are more likely to die than females, primarily because of aggressive intraspecies fighting during breeding season. In fact, many males die within the first two years of their maturity. Although their wintering grounds are not yet completely determined, they are known to occupy many of the same areas.
The Great Bustard has a critical conservation status throughout its range. The European Union has designated it a priority species, requiring member states to implement comprehensive conservation measures to protect it. In 2001, Hungary signed a memorandum with Austria to protect the Great Bustard. Several countries signed it in 2002, including Albania. This memorandum aims to ensure the long-term survival of bustard populations throughout Europe.