Houbara Bustards in Lanzarote

The first complete Houbara Bustard census at a top-level tourist destination: A paper publishes in Ardeola 67(1) and disseminated by the BOU`s blog
Many thousands of years ago, the Canary Islands were colonized by Houbara Bustards, Chlamydotis undulata, from the African mainland. Today, Canarian houbaras are recognized as a different subspecies, Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae, but their future in an environment that is shared with millions of tourists is not guaranteed. Despite its endangered status, little is known about its biology, and even accurate census data and other important demographic parameters relevant for conservation purposes were lacking to date.
We present the first complete count of Houbara Bustards in Lanzarote, the main stronghold of this subspecies. Numerous attempts to establish the size of this population have been carried out in the last thirty years, but all of them have used line transects in small sampling areas as a survey method, and later extrapolated the bird densities obtained to the whole extent of suitable habitat in the island. [see More in the BOU blog]


The Lanzarote population of the African houbara Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae: census, sex ratio, productivity, and a proposed new survey method. Alonso, J. C., Palacín, C. & Abril-Colón, I. 2020. Ardeola. DOI: 10.13157/arla.67.1.2020.sc2.

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