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Murn, C., Mundy, P., Virani, M. Z., Borello, W. D, Holloway, G. J. & Thiollay, J-M. (2016)
Using Africa's protected area network to estimate the global population of a threatened and declining species: a case study of the Critically Endangered White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis.
Ecology and Evolution DOI – 10.1002/ece3.1931
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Portugal, S. J., Murn, C. P., Sparkes, E. L. & Daley, M. A. 2016
The fast and forceful kicking strike of the snake-hunting Secretary Bird.
Current Biology 26: R58-R59
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Ogada, D.L., Shaw, P., Beyers, R.L., Buij, R., Murn, C., Thiollay, J.M., Beale, C.M., Holdo, R.M., Pomeroy, D., Baker, N., Krüger, S.C., Botha, A., Virani, M.Z., Monadjem, A. & Sinclair, A.R.E. (2015)
Another continental vulture crisis: Africa's vultures collapsing toward extinction.
Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12182.
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Murn, C., Saeed, U., Khan, U. & Iqbal, S. 2015
Population and spatial breeding dynamics of a Critically Endangered Oriental White-backed Vulture Gyps bengalensis colony in Sindh Province, Pakistan.
Bird Conservation International. 25: 415-425
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Murn, C. & Holloway, G.J. 2014
Breeding biology of the White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Ostrich 85: 125-130
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Murn, C. 2014
Observations of predatory behavior by White-headed Vultures.
Journal of Raptor Research
48: 297-299
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Chi, J. F., Lawson, B., Durrant, C., Beckmann, K., John, S., Alrefaei, A., Kirkbride, K.,, Bell, D. J., Cunningham, A. A. and Tyler, K. 2013
The finch epidemic strain of Trichomonas gallinae is predominant in British non-passerines.
Parasitology
140(10): 1234-45
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Murn, C., Potter, L., Thompson, C., Ronaldson, G. S. & Botha, A. 2013
Population estimates of three vulture species in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Ostrich
84: 1-9
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Monadjem, A., Botha, A. & Murn, C. 2013
Survival of the African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus in north-eastern South Africa.
African Journal of Ecology
51: 87-93
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Murn, C. P. 2012
Field identification of individual White-headed Vultures Trigonoceps occipitalis using plumage patterns - an information theoretic approach.
Bird Study
59: 515-521
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Martin, G. R., Portugal, S. J. & Murn, C. P. 2012
Visual fields, foraging and collision vulnerability in Gyps vultures.
Ibis
154: 626-631
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Murn, C. P., Khan, U., Farid, F.. 2011.
Recent developments in Gyps vulture conservation in Pakistan.
Vulture News.
61: 27-30.
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Khan, U. & Murn, C. 2011
Gyps Vulture Restoration Project – role of captive breeding in endangered species management.
Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences
21(2): 405-409
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Murn, C. & Hunt, S. 2011
Evaluating the success of release red kites in the UK. In: Zuberogoitia, I. & Martinez, J. E. (Eds)
Ecology and conservation of European forest-dwelling raptors. pp 351-355. Department of Agriculture, Biscay Regional Government, Spain.
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Griffiths, R., Murn, C. & Clubb, R. 2010.
Survivorship of rehabilitated juvenile Tawny Owls (Strix aluco) released without support food, a radio tracking study.
Avian Biology Research 3(1): 1-6.
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Halsey, L.G., Portugal, S.J., Smith, J.A., Murn, C.P. & Wilson, R.P. 2009.
Recording raptor behaviour on the wing via accelerometry.
Journal of Field Ornithology. 80(2): 171-177.
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Murn, C., Betchley, P. & Robert, C. 2009.
Talon-locking and cartwheeling as a prelude to copulation in Tawny Eagles
Aquila rapax
. Gabar 20(2): 12-14.
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Murn, C., King, A., Hunt, S. & Smith, A. 2008.
Captive breeding and re-introduction of red kites to Hampshire, England. In: Soorae, P.S. (Ed.)
Avian Biology Research
(pp 159-162). Abu Dhabi, UAE: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group.
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Murn, C.P., Khan, U. & Farid, F. 2008.
Vulture populations in Pakistan and the Gyps Vulture Restoration Project.
Vulture News
58: 35-43.
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Murn, C. & Hunt, S. 2008
An assessment of two methods used to release red kites Milvus milvus.
Avian Biology Research
1(2): 53-57.
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Murn, C. & Anderson, M.D. 2008.
Activity patterns of African White-backed Vultures Gyps africanus in relation to different land-use practices and food availability.
Ostrich
79(2): 191-198.
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Murn, C., Anderson, M.D. & Anthony, A. 2002.
Aerial survey of African White-backed vulture colonies around Kimberley, Northern Cape and Free State provinces, South Africa.
South African Journal of Wildlife Research. 32(2): 145-152.
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