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Migration of a Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus calidus from Saudi Arabia to Cape Town as revealed by satellite telemetry

Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg
Patrick Paillat
Christiane Meyburg
Michael McGrady


In boreal autumn 1995, we tracked a migrating adult Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus calidus from the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen to near Cape Town, South Africa, a distance of 6 346 km. While on migration it covered 288 km dāˆ’1, on average. During its migration in Africa it migrated faster than any other Peregrine tracked so far using satellite telemetry. Falco p. calidus is an uncommon, but regular, migrant to southern Africa, where it overlaps with the resident F. p. minor, but no other bird has been tracked so far south.