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Bibliography on birds of prey and owls in Slovakia. Part 2. Order Accipitriformes, genera Pernis, Milvus, Neophron, Gyps, Aegypius, Circaetus, Circus, Accipiter, Buteo & Pandion

The aim of the bibliography is to provide a list of publications on raptors and owls of Slovakia. The first part focused on genera Aquila, Hieraaetus and Haliaeetus, is followed now by second part focused on genera Pernis, Milvus, Neophron, Gyps, Aegypius, Circaetus, Circus, Accipiter, Buteo and Pandion. In total 219 citations are listed - 139 (63.5%) scientific and research articles, 56 (25.6%) popular articles, 5 (2.3%) qualification papers, 8 (3.7%) conference abstracts and 11 (5.0%) reports or other papers. The register of species, objective index and the author register enable better overview.

Bibliography on birds of prey and owls in Slovakia. Part 3. Order Falconiformes, genus Falco

The aim of the bibliography is to provide a list of publications on raptors and owls of Slovakia. The first two parts focused on genera from order Accipitrifromes is followed now by the third part focused on genus Falco (order Falconiformes). In total 252 citations are listed - 116 (46.0%) scientific and research articles, 96 (38.1%) popular articles, 11 (4.4%) qualification papers, 21 (8.3%) conference abstracts and 8 (3.2%) reports or other papers. The register of species, objective index and the author register enable better overview.

Bibliography on birds of prey and owls in Slovakia. Part 4. Order Strigiformes, genera Tyto, Otus, Bubo, Strix, Surnia, Glaucidium, Athene, Aegolius & Asio

The aim of the bibliography is to provide a list of publications on raptors and owls of Slovakia as well as papers of Slovak authors on these birds. The first three parts focused on genera from orders Accipitrifromes and Falconiformes is followed now by the fourth part focused on genera from Strigiformes order. In total 392 citations are listed - 242 (61.7%) scientific and research articles, 59 (15.1%) popular articles, 21 (5.4%) qualification papers, 45 (11.5%) conference abstracts and 25 (6.4%) reports or other papers. The register of species, objective index and the author register enable better overview.

Bibliography on birds of prey and owls in Slovakia. Part 1. Order Accipitriformes, genera Aquila, Hieraaetus & Haliaeetus

The aim of the bibliography is to provide a list of publications on raptors and owls of Slovakia. More parts will follow this first one, which is focused on genera Aquila, Hieraaetus and Haliaeetus. In total 332 citations are listed - 172 (51.8 %) scientific and research articles, 106 (31.9 %) popular articles, 3 (0.9 %) qualification papers, 22 (6.6 %) conference abstracts and 29 (8.7 %) reports or other papers. The register of species, objective index and the author register enable better overview.

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The aim of the bibliography is to provide a list of publications on the raptors and owls of Slovakia and of Slovak authors including articles dealing with various organisational issues. The previous parts, which focused on genera from the orders Accipitrifromes, Falconiformes and Strigiformes, are now followed by a fifth part focusing on the raptor and owl species mentioned in various wider associations in the individualarticles. The species, objective and author indexes and the list of periodicals enable better overview

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Bats of four islands of the Dodecanese Archipelago (Astypalea, Kalymnos, Symi, Megisti) were studied for the first time. The bat fauna of these islands comprises eleven species and the faunas of the particular islands are composed of five (on Astypalea) to nine (on Symi) species. Three species of bats, Rhinolophus blasii, Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P. kuhlii, were found in all four islands, two species, Hypsugo savii and Tadarida teniotis in three islands, and Eptesicus anatolicus and Plecotus kolombatovici in two islands. The remaining four species, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, Myotis blythii, M. emarginatus, and Miniopterus schreibersii, are known from only one island each.

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A complete list of bat records available from Northern Cyprus is presented, based on both limited literature and new records, resulting from a recent field survey conducted mainly in 2018. This review is complemented by distribution maps and summaries of the distributional status of particular species. From the northern part of the island of Cyprus, at least 451 records of 21 bat species are available; viz. Rousettus aegyptiacus (26 record localities), Rhinolophus ferrumequinum (19), R. hipposideros (21), R. euryale (5), R. mehelyi (1), R. blasii (12), Myotis blythii (4), M. nattereri (10), M. emarginatus (3), M. capaccinii (1), Eptesicus serotinus (5), E. anatolicus (1), Hypsugo savii (6), Pipistrellus pipistrellus (50), P. pygmaeus (9), P. kuhlii (265), Nyctalus leisleri (1), N. lasiopterus (1), Plecotus kolombatovici (3), Miniopterus schreibersii (4), and Tadarida teniotis (5). The number of records increased elevenfold and 1.5 times more bat species were found compared to the last review published in 2007. Seven bat species (Rhinolophus euryale, Myotis emarginatus, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, P. pygmaeus, Nyctalus leisleri, N. lasiopterus, and Miniopterus schreibersii) are reported from Northern Cyprus for the first time; also, R. euryale is confirmed for the first time from the whole island. With the exception of Nyctalus noctula, for which doubtful records exist only from Southern Cyprus, the complete known bat fauna of the island was documented in Northern Cyprus. Moreover, three bat species, Rhinolopus mehelyi, Myotis capaccinii and Eptesicus anatolicus, were reported only from the northern part of Cyprus, although the record of M. capaccinii is considered as problematic and the occurrence of this species on the island is unlikely. For the first time, a population trend in a bat population is reported in Cyprus; smaller colonies of Rousettus aegyptiacus, even abandonment of roosts, were observed during the recent survey compared to numbers recorded in the mid-2000s.

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The aim of this study was to assess bat diversity and particularly, the significance of underground spaces for bats, in the Revúcka vrchovina Mts. We also studied foraging areas of R. euryale and M. schreibersii which form maternity colonies in the respective area. Considering the rich history of mining in the Revúcka vrchovina Mts. and the previously available faunistic data, the presence of yet undiscovered roosts and species was assumed. During a survey of the area in 2012–2014, altogether 248 new mining sites were traced and 16 species of bats were recorded to roost there. Miniopterus schreibersii, Rhinolophus hipposideros, and Barbastella barbastellus were dominant species and the latter two along with Rhinolophus ferrumequinum represented the most widespread species. Three wintering aggregations of Miniopterus schreibersii composed of 3500–5000 individuals each, and a wintering colony of Rhinolophus hipposideros composed of ca. 630 bats belong to the most significant results of the study. The existence of maternity colonies of Miniopterus schreibersii and Rhinolophus euryale was also confirmed in underground spaces in the region. The newly discovered occurrence sites of Miniopterus schreibersii and Rhinolophus euryale that shift the known margins of the species distribution ranges are of high importance. Data from telemetry tracking of these two species show that the territories where the particular individuals forage are rather extensive (>100 km2). According to these findings, practical conservation of the species and their habitats requires international cooperation.