Protecting the endangered Chaco eagle and other threatened fauna from mortality at human infrastructures in semiarid landscapes of central Argentina
by Center for the Study and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Argentina (CECARA)
The Chaco eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) is one of the most endangered species ranging in southern South America, with a world population estimated in is less than 1,000 reproductive individuals and declining populations. Drowning in water reservoirs comprise a third of the total mortality of the species in semiarid landscapes of central Argentina. Furthermore, 600 birds and mammals belonging to 60 different species, including two listed as endangered and near threatened by the UICN, were also recorded in an annual survey of 90 reservoirs. Besides wildlife mortality, these drowning casualties have also direct economic and health consequences for local people.