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Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins


Andrew Jenkins did his undergraduate studies in Zoology at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1998, and currently serves as a research associate at the Institute, managing and overseeing the suite of projects that make up the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme. The unusual red markings on his face are from a recent encounter with his favorite study species.

Western Cape Raptor Research Programme, Percy FitzPatrick Institute
University of Cape Town, Rondebosch  
Cape Town,  Western Cape Province  7701  South Africa
Phone: +27 21 650 4124, +27 82 959 9238 Fax: +27 21 650 3295
Email: andrew.jenkins@uct.ac.za

   Research Interests

Andrew is particularly interested in aspects of Peregrine and other large falcon biology, as well as the ecological function of avian predators, and the utility of raptors as surrogates in habitat-based conservation initiatives.

Species of Interest: 
  • Taita Falcon
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Black Harrier
  • Martial Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon


Jenkins, A. 2011. Secretarybird. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15(4):52-53.

Jenkins, A. 2011. White-headed Vulture. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15(6):48-49.

Jenkins, A. 2010. Fast tracking: a peregrine diary. Africa--Birds & Birding 15:46-55.       pdf

Jenkins, A. 2010. A peregrine diary: cliff-hangers. Africa--Birds & Birding 15:34-43.       pdf

Jenkins, A. 2010. African Grass-owl. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15(3):34-35.

Jenkins, A. 2010. On rocky ground: taita's secret sanctuary. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15(5):48-52

Jenkins, A. 2010. African Marsh-harrier. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15(5)56-57.

Simmons, R.E., and A.R. Jenkins. 2007. Is climate change influencing the decline of Cape and Bearded Vultures in southern Africa? Vulture News 56:41-51.

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.

Jenkins, A. 2005. Change can be a good thing. Africa--Birds & Birding 10(3): 40.

Jenkins, A., and R. Davies. 2005. Dying for a drink: running the raptor gauntlet at Kalahari waterholes. Africa--Birds & Birding 10(4): 34-45.

Jenkins, A. R., and A. J. van Zyl. 2005. Conservation status and community structure of cliff-nesting raptors and ravens on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Ostrich 76: 175-184.

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

Jenkins, A. 2003. On a wing and a prayer: the peace-keeping kestrels of Jerusalem. Africa--Birds & Birding 7(4): 38-46.

Jenkins, A. 2003. Grounded for life: eagle encounters at Spier. Africa--Birds & Birding 8(6): 24-27.

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

Curtis, O., R. E. Simmons, and A. R. Jenkins. 2002. Shell thickness and size of Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus minor, eggs from two areas in South Africa. Ostrich 73: 64-66.

Jenkins, A., and A. Van Zyl. 2002. Home on the range: raptor riches of the Cape Peninsula. Africa--Birds & Birding 7:38-46.       pdf

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

de Goede,K., and A. Jenkins. 2001. Electric eagles of the Karoo. Africa--Birds & Birding 6(4): 62-67.

Jenkins, A. R., and P. A. R. Hockey. 2001. Prey availability influences habitat tolerance: an explanation for the rarity of Peregrine Falcons in the tropics. Ecography 24: 359-367.       pdf

Barnes, K. N., and A. R. Jenkins. 2000. Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus. Pp. 141 in: K. N. Barnes (ed.), The ESKOM red data book of birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. BirdLife, Randburg, South Africa.

Jenkins, A. R. 2000. Factors affecting breeding success of peregrines and Lanner Falcons in South Africa. Ostrich 71: 385-392.

Jenkins, A. R. 2000. Hunting mode and success of African Peregrines Falco peregrinus minor: does nesting habitat quality affect foraging efficiency? Ibis 142: 235-246.       pdf

Jenkins, A. R. 2000. Variation in the quality of parental care at falcon nests in South America as evidence for postulated differences in food availability. Ardea 88: 17-32.       pdf

Jenkins, A. R. 2000. Characteristics of Peregrine and Lanner Falcon nesting habitats in South Africa. Ostrich 71: 416-424.

Simmons, R., A. Jenkins, and J. New. 2000. A bird in the hand. Africa--Birds & Birding 4(6): 16-17.

Jenkins, A. R., and G. M. Avery. 1999. Duties of breeding Peregrine and Lanner Falcons in South Africa. Ostrich 1: 385-392.

Jenkins, A. R. 1998. Soaring into the future: a report on the structure and activities of raptor conservation group, with some ideas for the way ahead. Journal of African Raptor Biology 13: 2-9.

Jenkins, A. R., and G. A. Benn. 1998. Home range size and habitat requirements of Peregrine Falcons on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Journal of Raptor Research 32: 90-97.       pdf

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.

Jenkins, A. R., and A. Stephenson. 1997. From Arctic tundras to African dunes. Siberian Peregrines in southern Africa. Africa--Birds & Birding 2(4): 62-68.

Jenkins, A. R., and Z. Bate. 1997. More fun in the sun with the Orange River Peregrines. Talon Talk 11: 3.

Malan, G., and A. R. Jenkins. 1996. Territory and nest defence in polyandrous Pale Chanting-goshawks: do co-breeders help? South African Journal of Zoology 31: 170-176.

Jenkins, A. R. 1995. Morphometrics and flight performance of southern African Peregrine and Lanner Falcons. Journal of Avian Biology 26: 49-58.       pdf

Jenkins, A. R. 1994. The influence of habitat on the distribution and abundance of Peregrine and Lanner Falcons in South Africa. Ostrich 65: 281-290.

Jenkins, A. 1994. Caught in the act: mamba attack on peregrine brood. African Wildlife 48: 13, 15.

Jenkins, A. R., and A. J. van Zyl. 1994. Flush-hunting and nest robbing by Peregrine Falcons. Journal of Raptor Research 28: 118-119.       pdf

Malan, G., and A. Jenkins. 1994. The hunting association between Rednecked Falcons and Gabar Goshawks in the Kalahari: mutualism or interspecific cooperation? Gabar 9: 2-5.

van Zyl, A. J., A. R. Jenkins, and D. G. Allan. 1994. Evidence for seasonal movements by Rock Kestrels Falco tinnunculus and Lanner Falcons F. biarmicus in South Africa. Ostrich 65: 111-121.

Jenkins, A. R. 1992. Interpretation and implications of falcon provisioning rates in South Africa - replies to Hustler, Oettle and Hartley. Gabar 7: 41-45.

Jenkins, A. R. 1992. A comparison of provisioning rates at Peregrine and Lanner Falcon nests in the Transvaal, South Africa. Gabar 7: 11-14.

Jenkins, A. 1991. Latitudinal prey productivity and potential density in the Peregrine Falcon. Gabar 6: 20-24.

Jenkins, A. R., S. T. Wagner, and I. Hoffman. 1991. First breeding record of the Taita Falcon in South Africa. Ostrich 62: 78.

Jenkins, A. 1988. Peregrines and high cliffs. Ostrich 59: 78.

Jenkins, A. R. 1987. Notes on the behaviour of a pair of Peregrine Falcons in the southwestern Cape. Ostrich 58: 86-88.

Jenkins, A. 1984. Hunting behaviour and success in a pair of Black Eagles. Ostrich 55: 102-103.

Jenkins, A. 1983. Observations of inter- and intraspecific aggression in the Black Eagle. Bokmakierie 35: 92-93.

Jenkins, A. 2010. On rocky ground: taita's secret sanctuary. Africa -- Birds & Birding 15:48-52.

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