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Angel B. Montoya

Angel B. Montoya


Angel has been interested in wildlife since early childhood, especially in bird identification. He obtained both his BS and MS degrees from New Mexico State University. In 1992 Angel discovered a remnant population of Aplomado Falcons in Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1995 he complete the first ever study on the Aplomado Falcon in the Chihuahuan Desert. From 1995- 1999 he worked as a Refuge Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1996 in collaboration with The Peregrine Fund he began a long-term monitoring project of the Aplomado Falcon in Chihuahua. Angel joined The Peregrine Fund in 1999 as a biologist on the Aplomado Falcon Restoration Project. Since then he has been working full time on efforts to re-establish the Aplomado Falcon back to its former range. Angel hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking and bird watching.

The Peregrine Fund
100 E. Hadley Ave.  
Las Cruces,  New Mexico  88001  United States
Phone: 1-505-523-5550 Fax: 1-505-523-2866
Email: abmontoya@zianet.com

   Research Interests

Aplomado Falcon, Grassland birds

Species of Interest: 
Aplomado Falcon


Mora, M.A., C. Baxter, J.L. Sericano, A.B. Montoya, J.C. Gallardo, and J.R. Rodríguez-Salazar. 2011. PBDEs, PCBs, and DDE in eggs and their impacts on Aplomado Falcons (Falco femoralis) from Chihuahua and Veracruz, Mexico. Environmental Pollution 159:3433-3438.       pdf

Mora, M.A., A.B. Montoya, M.C. Lee, A. Macías-Duarte, R. Rodríguez-Salazar, P.W. Juergens, and A. Lafón-Terrazas. 2008. Persistent environmental pollutants in eggs of Aplomado Falcons from northern Chihuahua, Mexico, and South Texas, USA. Environment International 34:44-50.       pdf

Hunt, G., A. Montoya, and P. Juergens. 2006. Aplomado Falcon: an experiment in species restoration. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 37:4-5.

Macias-Duarte, A., A.B. Montoya, W.G. Hunt, A. Terrazas, and R. Tafanelli. 2004. Reproduction, prey and habitat of the Aplomado Falcon in desert grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico. Auk 121:1081-1093.       pdf

Jenny, J.P., W. Heinrich, A.B. Montoya, B. Mutch, C. Sandfort, and W.G. Hunt. 2004. Progress in restoring the Aplomado Falcon to southern Texas. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:276-285.       pdf

Young, K., B. Thompson, A. Terrazas, A.B. Montoya, and R. Valdez. 2004. Aplomado Falcon abundance and distribution in the northern Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. Journal of Raptor Research 121:107-117.

Brown, J.L., A.B. Montoya, E.J. Gott, and M. Curti. 2003. Piracy as an important foraging method of Aplomado Falcons in southern Texas and northern Mexico. Wilson Bulletin 115:357-359.       pdf

Montoya, A. B., P.J. Zwank, and M. Cardenas. 1997. Breeding biology of Aplomado Falcons in desert grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico. Journal of Field Ornithology.       pdf

Montoya, A.B. 1995. Habitat characteristics, prey selection, and home ranges of the Aplomado Falcon in Chihuahua, Mexico. M.S. thesis, New Mexico State University.

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