recent decades, a general decline in Palearctic-African migrant birds has been
recorded over large areas of the Palearctic. The European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur has undergone a
rapid and serious decline across its European range, to the extent that it was
categorised as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List in 2015. In this review, I
synthesise the scientific literature currently available on the Turtle-dove in
North Africa S. t. arenicola. I also
discuss current knowledge, highlight gaps in data and outline high-priority
research guidelines, while attempting to direct research efforts more
effectively and to encourage appropriate and sustainable management strategies.
Priorities for future research are concentrated in five key areas: (i)
demography, (ii) migration, (iii) ecology, (iv) genetics, and (v) parasites and
diseases. Setting up an integrated programme of long-term ecological monitoring
in North African farmland and woodlands, as well as integrating new
technologies into monitoring programmes, is an urgent need. These programmes
should be standardised in all countries along the migratory flyway to produce
comparable data. Scientific collaboration among research institutions, on
national, regional and international scales, should be coordinated for maximum
efficacy of the monitoring and research programmes.
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