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Russell Thorstrom
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Russell Thorstrom

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Russell has been interested in birds and wildlife since childhood. He started working with Santa Cruz Predatory Research Group in 1982, the California Condor project in 1986, and 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. Russell has worked as a biologist in 10 countries. He received his MSc in biology from Boise State University and his BS in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University. Russell has a keen interest in nature/bird watching, cycling, running, hiking, fishing, and photography.

The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane  
Boise,  Idaho  83709  United States
Fax: 208-362-2376
Email: rthorstrom@peregrinefund.org


   Research Interests

Raptor biology, conservation, and tropical birds.

Species of Interest: 
  • Malagasy Harrier
  • Leptodon forbesi
  • Banded Kestrel
  • Madagascar Harrier-hawk
  • Madagascar Red Owl
  • Eutriorchis astur
  • Leptodon cayanensis
  • Barred Forest-falcon
  • Collared Forest-falcon
  • Bicolored Hawk
  • Hook-billed Kite
  • Ridgway's Hawk


   Publications

Thorstrom, R.K. 2012. Gray-headed Kite. Pp. 39-47 in D.F. Whitacre (ed.), Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Thorstrom, R.K. 2012. Bicolored Hawk. Pp. 93-103 in D.F. Whitacre (ed.), Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Thorstrom, R.K. 2012. Barred Forest Falcon. Pp. 234-249 in D.F. Whitacre (ed.), Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Thorstrom, R.K. 2012. Collared Forest Falcon. Pp. 250-254 in D.F. Whitacre (ed.), Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

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.        pdf

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., A.P. Raselimanana, M.A. Andriamazava, R. Thorstrom, and L.-A. Rene de Roland. 2010. A new locality for the endangered microhylid frog Scaphiophryne boribory from northern Madagascar and a rapid survey of other amphibians of the Bemanevika region. Herpetology Notes 3:105-109.       pdf

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.       pdf

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.       pdf

René de Roland, L.-A., and R. Thorstrom. 2010. First record of Torotoroka Scops Owl Otus madagascariensis nesting on the ground. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 16:87-88.        pdf

Rene de Roland L-A., R. Thorstrom, G. Razafimanjato, MPH Rkotondratsima, TRA Andriamalala, The Seing Sam. 2009. Survey, distribution and current status of the Madagascar Harrier Circus macrosceles in Madagascar. Bird Conservation International 19:309-322.

Rene de Roland L-A., R. Thorstrom. 2009. First record of Torotoroka Scops Owl Otus madagascariensis nesting on the ground. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 16:87-88.        pdf

Rabearivony, J., E. Ranameha, J. Mampiandra, and R. Thorstrom. 2008. Taboos and social contracts: Tools for ecosystem management - lessons from the Manambolomaty Lakes RAMSAR site, western Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation & Development 3:7-16.       pdf

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

Johnson, J.A., R. Thorstrom, and D.P. Mindell. 2007. Systematics and conservation of the Hook-billed Kite including the island taxa from Cuba and Grenada. Animal Conservation 10:349-359.        pdf

Pagel, J.E., and R.K. Thorstrom. 2007. Accessing nests. Pp. 171-179 in D.M. Bird and K.L. Bildstein (eds.), Raptor research and management techniques. Hancock House, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.       pdf

Razafimanjato, G., L.-A. Rene de Roland, J. Rabearivony, and R. Thorstrom. 2007. Nesting biology and food habits of the Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus radama in the south-west and central plateau of Madagascar. Ostrich 78:7-12.       pdf

Razafimanjato, G., T.S. Sam, and R. Thorstrom. 2007. Waterbird monitoring in the Antsalova region, western Madagascar. Waterbirds 30:441-447.       pdf

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.        pdf

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.       pdf

Thorstrom, R., J. Almonte, and S. Balbuena de la Rosa. 2007. Current status and breeding biology of the Ridgway's Hawk. Pp. 33-39 in K.L. Bildstein, D.R. Barber, and A. Zimmerman (eds.), Neotropical Raptors. Hawk Mountain Association, Orwigsburg, PA.       pdf

Watson, R.T., L. Rene de Roland, J. Rabearivony, and R. Thorstrom. 2007. Community-based wetland conservation protects endangered species in Madagascar: lessons from science and conservation. Banwa 4(1):83-97.        pdf

Rene de Roland, L.-A., J. Rabearivony, H. Robenarimangason, G. Rasafimanjato, and R. Thorstrom. 2005. Breeding biology and food habits of the Madagascar Kestrel (Falco newtoni ) in northwestern Madagascar. Journal of Raptor Research 39:149-155.

Rene de Roland, L.-A., J. Rabearivony, H. Robenarimangason, G. Rasafimanjato, and R. Thorstrom . 2005. Breeding biology and diet of Banded Kestrels Falco zoniventris on Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Ostrich 76:32-36.

Thorstrom, R., J. Almonte, S. Balbuena de la Rosa, P. Rodriguez, and E. Fernandez. 2005. Surveys and breeding biology of Buteo ridgwayi (Ridgway's Hawk) in Los Haitises, Dominincan Republic. Caribbean Journal of Science 41:864-869.       pdf

Rene de Roland, L.A., J. Rabearivony, I. Randriamanga, and R. Thorstrom. 2004. Nesting biology and diet of the Madagascar Harrier (Circus macrosceles) in Ambohitantely Special Reserve. Journal of Raptor Research 38:256-262.       pdf

Tingay, R.E., M.L. Clarke, R.T. Watson, R. Thorstrom, and L. Kalavah. 2004. Survival and behavior of a one-footed Madagascar Fish-Eagle in the wild. Journal of Raptor Research 38:85-88.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and L.-A. Rene de Roland. 2003. Falconiformes and Strigiformes: Ecology and status of Raptors "In Natural History of Madagascar". S.M. Goodman and J. Benstead (Eds). Pp 1080-1085.

Thorstrom, R. and L.-A. Rene de Roland. 2003. Strigiformes: Tyto soumagnei, Madagascar Red Owl, Vorondolomena "In Natural History of Madagascar". S. M. Goodman and J. Benstead (Eds). Pp 1110-1113.

Thorstrom, R. and L.-A. Rene de Roland. 2003. Eutriorchis astur, Madagascar Serpent-eagle, Fandrasalambo "In Natural History of Madagascar". S.M. Goodman and J. Benstead (Eds). Pp. 1088-1091.

Rene de Roland, L.A. and R. Thorstrom. 2003. Accipiter spp., Goshawk and Sparrowhawks "In Natural History of Madagascar". S.M. Goodman S.M. and J. Benstead (Eds). Pp 1091-1094.

Rafanomezantsoa, S., R.T. Watson, and R. Thorstrom. 2002. Juvenile dispersal of Madagascar Fish-Eagles tracked by satellite telemetry. Journal of Raptor Research 36:309-314.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. 2002. Comments on the first nesting record of the nest of a Slaty-backed Forest-falcon (Micrastur mirandollei) in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Journal of Raptor Research 36:335-336.       pdf

Thorstrom, R., R. Watson, A. Baker, S. Ayers, and D.L. Anderson. 2002. Preliminary ground and aerial surveys for Orange-breasted Falcons in Central America. Journal of Raptor Research 36:39-44.       pdf

Thorstrom, R., C.M. Morales, and J.D. Ramos. 2001. Fidelity to territory, nest site and mate, survivorship, and reproduction of two sympatric forest-falcons. Journal of Raptor Research 35:98-106.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and L.-A. Rene de Roland. 2001. First nest descriptions, nesting biology and food habits for Bernier's Vanga, Oriolia bernieri, in Madagascar. Ostrich 72:165-168.

Thorstrom, R., E. Massiah, and C. Hall. 2001. Nesting biology, distribution, and population estimate of the Grenada Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus mirus. Caribbean Journal of Science 37:278-281.

Thorstrom, R. 2001. Nest-site characteristics and breeding density of two sympatric forest-falcons in Guatemala. Ornitologia Neotropical 12:337-343.       pdf

Yamagishi, S. M. Honda, K. Eguchi, and R. Thorstrom. 2001. Extreme endemic radiation of the Malagasy Vangas (Aves: Passeriformes). Journal of Molecular Evolution 53:39-46.

Thorstrom, R. and G. La Marca. 2000. Nesting biology and behavior of the Madagascar Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides radiatus) in northeastern Madagascar. Journal of Raptor Research 34:120-125.

Thorstrom, R., J.D. Ramos, and J.M. Castillo. 2000. Breeding biology and behavior of the Collared Forest-Falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus) in Guatemala. Ornithlogia Neotropical 11:1-12.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. 2000. The food habits of sympatric forest-falcons during the breeding season in northeastern Guatemala. Journal of Raptor Research 34:196-202.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and L.A. Rene de Roland. 2000. First nest description, breeding behaviour and distribution of the Madagascar Serpent-Eagle Eutriorchis astur. Ibis 142:217-224.

Thorstrom, R. and A. Quixchan. 2000. Breeding biology and nest site characteristics of the Bicolored Hawk in Guatemala. Wilson Bulletin 112:195-202.

Thorstrom, R. and L.A. Rene de Roland. 2000. Status and conservation of raptors on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. In Raptors at Risk (eds. Chancellor, R.D. and B.-U. Meyberg), pp. 35-41.

La Marca, G. and R. Thorstrom. 2000. Breeding biology, diet and vocalizaion of the Helmet Vanga, Euryceros prevostii, on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Ostrich 71:400-403.

Watson, R.T., J. Berkelman, R. Rabarisoa, R. Thorstrom, and C.R.B. Watson. 2000. Description of nesting and foraging habitat of the Madagascar Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides: a conservation initiative. Ostrich 71: 336-340.

Thorstrom, R., J.D. Ramos, and C.M. Morales. 2000. Breeding biology of Barred Forest-Falcons (Micrastur ruficollis) in northeastern Guatemala. Auk 117:781-786.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and L.F. Kiff. 1999. Notes on eggs of the Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor. Journal of Raptor Research 33:244-247.

Thorstrom, R. 1999. A description of nests, diet and behaviour of the Banded Kestrel. Ostrich 70:149-151.

Thorstrom, R. and J. Lind. 1999. First nest description, breeding, ranging, and foraging behaviour of the Short-legged Ground-Roller Brachypteracias leptosomus in Madagascar. Ibis 141:569-576.

Goodman, S.M. and R. Thorstrom. 1998. The diet of the Madagascar Red Owl (Tyto soumagnei) on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Wilson Bulletin 110:417-421.

Watson, R.T, S. Razafindramanana, R. Thorstrom, and S. Rafanomezantsoa. 1999. Breeding biology, extra-pair birds, productivity, siblicide and conservation of the Madagascar Fish Eagle. Ostrich 70:105-111.

Goodman, S.M., L.A. Rene de Roland, and R. Thorstrom. 1998. Predation on the eastern woolly lemur Avahi laniger and other vertebrates by Henst’s Goshawk Accipiter henstii in Madagascar. Lemur News 3:14-15.

Thorstrom, R. and R.T. Watson. 1997. Avian inventory and key species of the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Bird Conservation International 7:99-115.

Virani, M., R. Thorstrom, and D. Harper. 1997. What is happening to Naivasha's Fish Eagles? Kenya Birds 5:98-100.

Thorstrom, R., J. Hart, and R.T. Watson. 1997. New record, ranging behaviour, vocalization, and food of the Madagascar Red Owl Tyto soumagnei. Ibis 139:477-481.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. 1997. A description of nest and behavior of the Gray-headed Kite. Wilson Bulletin 109:173-177.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and L.A. Rene de Roland. 1997. First nest record and nesting behaviour of the Madagascar Red Owl Tyto soumagnei. Ostrich 68:42-43.       pdf

Rabarisoa, R. R.T. Watson, R. Thorstrom, and J. Berkelman. 1997. Status of the Madagascar Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vociferiodes in 1995. Ostrich 68:8-12.

Rene de Roland, L.-A., R. Thorstrom, and R. Watson. 1997. Breeding records and nestling predation of Henst's Goshawk on Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Ostrich 37:168-170.

Thorstrom, R.K., C.W. Turley, F.G. Ramirez, and B.A. Gilroy. 1990. Description of nests, eggs, and young of the Barred Forest-Falcon (Micrastur ruficollis) and of the Collared Forest-Falcon (M. semitorquatus). Condor 92:237-239.       pdf

Thorstrom, R.K. 1996. Methods for capturing tropical forest birds of prey. Wildlife Society Bulletin 24:516-520.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. 1996. Fruit-eating behavior of a Barred Forest-Falcon. Journal of Raptor Research 30:44.       pdf

Thorstrom, R. and R.G.M. Rabarisoa. 1995. An observation of Madagascar Teal Anas bernieri in northwestern Madagascar. Wildfowl 47:212-215.       pdf

Thorstrom, R., R.T. Watson, B. Damary, F. Toto, M. Baba, and V. Baba. 1995. Repeated sightings and first capture of a live Madagascar Serpent-Eagle Eutriorchis astur. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 115:40-45.



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