Confirmation of little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) migration by satellite telemetry
Australian Journal of Zoology 66(4) 247-250
E , Stuart Rae
B , Bernd Gruber
C , Sam Reid
A and David Roberts
A Conservation Research, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate,
ACT Government, Level 1, 9 Sandford Street, Mitchell, ACT 2911, Australia.
B Division of Ecology and Evolution, The Australian National University, Acton,
ACT 2601, Australia.
C Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.
D Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Ltd, PO Box 484, Kippax, ACT 2615, Australia.
E Corresponding author. Email:
The post-breeding migration of an adult male little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) was followed from south-eastern Australia to the Northern Territory using a GPS satellite transmitter.
The bird bred in open woodland habitat on the edge of the city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), before it flew more than 3300 km in 18 days, to winter in an area of eucalypt savannah in the Northern Territory. It remained there for 59 days,
within a range of ~30 km2, after which the last signal was transmitted. The bird was subsequently resighted back in its ACT territory at the end of winter, thus completing a return migration. This is the first confirmation of post-breeding migration
for the species