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Odette Curtis

Odette Curtis


- B-Tech in Nature conservation - MSc in Zoology (thesis title: 'Responses of raptors to fragmentation: from individual responses to population susceptibility'). - Leadership Internship at Hawk Moutnain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania (Fall 2005)

FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town
FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town  Private Bag X3, Rondebosch
Cape Town,  Western Cape  7708  South Africa
Phone: +27 21 650 4123 Fax: +27 21 650 3295
Email: odette@orcawireless.co.za.

   Research Interests

- The effects of habitat fragmentation on raptor distribution and productivity.
- Urban raptors (birds that thrive in urban (man-made) habitats.
- Raptors as indicators of habitat quality - Distribution and breeding in Forest and Steppe Buzzards (in South Africa).
- Providing incentives to private landowners to conserve remnant habitats on their land.

Species of Interest: 
  • Steppe Buzzard
  • Forest Buzzard
  • Black Harrier
  • Black Sparrowhawk


Amar, A., A. Koeslag, and O. Curtis. 2012. Plumage polymorphism in a newly colonized Black Sparrowhawk population: classification, temporal stability and inheritance patterns. Journal of Zoology. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2012.00963.x       pdf

Curtis, O.. 1998. Natural history of the Black Sparrowhawk on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Journal of African Raptor Biology 13: 39-41.

Curtis, O. and A. Jenkins. 2002. A delicate balance: raptor rehabilitation. Africa--Birds & Birding 7(5): 47-49.

Curtis, O., A. Jenkins, and R. Simmons. 2001. The Black Harrier: work in progress. Africa--Birds & Birding 6(5): 29-36.

Curtis, O. and A. Koeslag. 2004. Forest enigma. Africa--Birds & Birding 9(2): 46-52.

Curtis, O., G. Malan, A. Jenkins, and N. Myburgh. 2005. Multiple-brooding in birds of prey: South African Black Sparrowhawks Accipiter melanoleucus extend the boundaries. Ibis 147: 11-16.

Curtis, O., R. E. Simmons, and A. R. Jenkins. 2004. Black Harrier Circus maurus of the Fynbos biome, South Africa: a threatened specialist or adaptable survivor? Bird Conservation International 14: 233-245.

Simmons, R. E., O. Curtis, and A. R. Jenkins. 1998. Black Harrier conservation and ecology: preliminary findings 2000. Journal of African Raptor Biology 13: 33-38.

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