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Thorstrom, Russell K.

Thorstrom with dog

In 1993, Russell received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying two species of Forest-falcons in northeastern Guatemala.


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Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

Russell began working with the Peregrine Fund in 1988. Russell’s Peregrine Fund career started as a member of the Maya Project in Guatemala where he described the first nests of the Barred and Collared Forest-Falcons. In 1993, while working for The Peregrine Fund in Madagascar, Russell rediscovered two species of raptors – one of which, the Madagascar Serpent-Eagle, was thought to be extinct. His work in Madagascar fostered the establishment of the country’s largest national park, which is intended to conserve habitat and biodiversity. Recently, Russell began working in the Caribbean where he is researching the ecology and distribution of two endangered species, the Grenada Hook-billed Kite and the Ridgway’s Hawk, and in Brazil researching the endangered White-collared Kite. Russell has worked as a biologist in 12 countries. Russell has a keen interest in nature, bird watching, cycling, running, hiking, and photography.


Thorstrom with barn owlSelected publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Thorstrom, R., D.F. Whitacre, J. Lopez, and G. Lopez. 2012. Gray-headed Kite. In D.F. Whitacre, ed., Neotropical Raptors: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community, pp. 39-47. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Dénes, F.V., L.F. Silveira, S. Seipke, R. Thorstrom, W.S. Clark, and J.-M. Thiollay. 2011. The White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi Swann, 1922) and a review of the taxonomy of the Grey-headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis Latham, 1790). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:323-331.

Seipke, S.H., F.V. Dénes, F. Pellinger, R. Thorstrom, J.-M. Thiollay, L.F. Silveira, and W.S. Clark. 2011. Field identification of White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi) and similar-looking species in north-east Brazil. Neotropical Birding 8:29-39.

Rabearivony, J., R. Thorstrom, L.-A. Rene de Roland, M. Rakotondratsima, T.R.A. Andriamalal, The Seing Same, G. Razafimanjato, D. Rakotondravony, A.P. Raselimanana, and M. Rakotoson. 2010. Protected area surface extension in Madagascar: do endemism and threatened species remain useful criteria for site selection? Madagascar Conservation & Development 5:35-47.

Razafimahatrata, B., G. Razafimanjato, and R. Thorstrom. 2010. A new locality for the endangered Day Gecko (Phelsuma klemmeri) from western Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 3:197-199.

Thorstrom, R. and D. McQueen. 2008. Breeding and status of the Grenada Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus mirus). Ornitologia Neotropical 19:221-228.

Rene de Roland, L., T.S. Sam, M. P.H. Rakotondratsima, and R. Thorstrom. 2007. Rediscovery of the Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) in northern Madagascar. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 14:171-174.

Thorstrom, R. 2007. Home ranges of Barred (Micrastur ruficollis) and Collared (M. semitorquatus) Forest-Falcons during the breeding season in Tikal National Park, Guatemala. Ornitologia Neotropical 18:395-405.


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