Paper Title:
Food Habitats of the Breeding Long-Legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in Northwestern China
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During breeding season, the diets of the Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus) were studied through pellet and prey remains analysis in arid habitat of northwestern China from 2005 to 2006. By number, mammals 60.00% constituted of the diet, birds 18.00%, reptiles 22.00%. In term of biomass, mammals comprised 87.19% of the diet, birds 6.18%, reptiles 6.63%. The most numerous prey of the Long-legged Buzzards was Rhombomys opimus (48.00%), but Gazella subgutturosa (57.97%) dominated the diet by biomass. Special findings included homing pigeon and a number of nestling and fledging Passerines in the diet. Our results showed that mammals and birds were major prey of breeding Long-legged Buzzard, and results suggest that this Buzzard is an opportunistic hunter and feeds on a wide range of food habitat.

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Chapter 5: Frontiers of Environment Engineering and Materials
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Dongye Sun, Wen-Pei Sung and Ran Chen
Pages
2699-2702
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.71-78.2699
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Y. Q. Wu, "Food Habitats of the Breeding Long-Legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in Northwestern China", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 71-78, pp. 2699-2702, 2011
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July 2011
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