Present day distribution and peculiarities of ecology of Demoiselle Crane
in Saratov Zavolzhye. - E.V. Zavyalov, V.G. Tabachishin, A.V. Khrustov. N.N.
Yakushev. - Berkut. 12 (1-2). 2003. - P. 76-82.
Field data were collected in April to September 19982001. Surveys were carried out on routes in UTM-squares. Population density of the species fluctuates from 0,009 ± 1,20 till 4,7 ± 0,38 ind./km2. The crane is most abundant in the east part of Transvolga area (Fig. 2). Last year harvested cereals crop lands and near-water meadows are the preferring habitats (Fig. 3). Total number in the study area during breeding period is estimated in 3500 individuals. Spring migration pass in the second half of March and the first half of April. Breeding period lasts since the third ten-day of April till the first half of April. Departure of birds takes place in September, some groups stay till beginning of October. [Russian].
Key words: Demoiselle Crane, Anthropoides virgo, Saratov region, distribution, number, ecology, egg.
Address: E.V. Zavyalov, Saratov State University, Astrakhanskaya str. 83, 410026 Saratov, Russia.