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, Volume 469, Issue 1, pp 170–172 | Cite as

New data on avifauna of the Ustyurt plateau in the Holocene

  • A. E. NekrasovEmail author
  • P. A. Kosintsev
  • Z. Samashev
  • A. Ongar
  • T. N. Loshakova
  • V. N. Bolshakov
General Biology


Bone remains of birds from a location of the middle Subboreal period and from three locations of the early Subatlantic period were studied on the Ustyurt plateau (Kazakhstan). Three out of 17 avian species that have been identified (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus, Falco peregrinus, and Nyctea scandiaca) proved to be absent in the modern fauna of the region. Our data on the bird fauna of the Ustyurt Plateau in the second half of the Middle Holocene and at the beginning of the Late Holocene indicate that, in that time, the migration routes of the little cormorant, peregrine, and snowy owl passed across the Ustyurt territory and the wintering sites of peregrine and snowy owl were more extensive and were also situated in Ustyurt. In the second half of the Late Holocene, the number of wintering sites of these species diminished and their migration routes have been altered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. E. Nekrasov
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. A. Kosintsev
    • 1
  • Z. Samashev
    • 2
  • A. Ongar
    • 2
  • T. N. Loshakova
    • 2
  • V. N. Bolshakov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.Branch of Margulan Institute of ArchaeologyAstanaKazakhstan

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