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Nyambayar Batbayar

Nyambayar Batbayar


He was born in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. He graduated the National University of Mongolia. After graduation he worked for WWF Mongolia for two and half years on bird and antelope research and conservation projects which was the start of his career. He earned my Masters degree from Boise State University, USA. He studied nesting ecology of cinereous vultures in central Mongolia. Since that time Nyamba and my colleagues are monitoring a small population of this species at the same location for 10 years. Currently he is working on his PhD degree at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He is studying migration strategies of two geese species that is found in East Asia using satellite telemetry and remote sensing data. He is the director of Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia. Also he is an adjunct ornithologist for the Institute of Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. He also serves as national representative for the Oriental Bird Club, IUCN's Crane Specialists Group, Pelican Specialists Group, and Bat Working Group, and Wetlands International's Anatidae Working Group. He is a member of the Mongolian Biodiversity Taxon Steering Committee.

Wildlife Science and Conservation Center
Undram Plaza, Office 404  Bayanzurkh District
Ulaanbaatar,    51  Mongolia
Phone: 976-99257886 (mobile/fax)
Email: nyambayar@wscc.org.mn

   Research Interests

I am interested in breeding ecology, population dynamics, and migration of raptors. Most of my current research is focused on bird migration and flyway scale ecological requirements and limitation in avian species. In addition, our group is experimenting the use of artificial nests as means of developing sustainable harvest mechanism for saker falcons in Mongolia.

Species of Interest: 
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Saker Falcon
  • Amur Falcon
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Upland Buzzard


Dixon, A., M.L. Rahman, B. Galtbalt, A. Gunga, B. Sugarsaikhan & N. Batbayar. 2017. Avian electrocution rates associated with density of active small mammal holes and power-pole mitigation: implications for the conservation of threatened raptors in Mongolia. Journal of Nature Conservation 36:14-19.       pdf

Rahman, M.D., G. Purev-ochir, N. Batbayar & A. Dixon. 2016. Influence of nest box design on occupancy and breeding success of predatory birds utilizing artificial nests in the Mongolian steppe. Conservation Evidence 13:21-26.       pdf

Batbayar N., P. Gankhuyag, G.Amarkhuu, E.Bolormunkh. 2012. Sexing near-fledgling-age nestlings of Cinereous Vultures using morphometrics and discriminant function analysis. pp 51-52. In Choi, C. Y., H. Y. Nam, G. C. Bing, and H. Y. Chae (eds). 2012.Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Asian Raptors: Raptor Migration and Conservation in Asia. National Park Research Institute, Namwon, Korea.

Dixon, A., N. Batbayar, G. Purev-Ochir, and N. Fox. 2011. Developing a sustainable harvest of Saker Falcons (Falco cherrug) for falconry in Mongolia. Pp. 363-372 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.), Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.       pdf

Dixon, A., Batbayar, N., G.Purev-Ochir. 2011. Autumn migration of an Amur Falcon Falco amurensis from Mongolia to the Indian Ocean tracked by satellite. Forktail 27:81-84.

Dixon, A., Batbayar, N., Etheridge, M., Purev-Ochir, G. & Sundev, G. 2008. Development of the Artificial Nest Project in Mongolia. Falco 32: 8-10.

Batbayar, N., A. Dixon, N. Fox, G. Purev-Ochir, and A. Saruul. 2010. (Abstract) Conservation through sustainable use -- a promising way to save Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) populations. P. 59-60 in S. Gombobaatar, R. Watson, M. Curti, R. Yosef, E. Potapov, and M. Gilbert (eds.). Asian raptors: science and conservation for present and future: The proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Asian Raptors. Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Mongolian Ornithological Society, and National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Batbayar, N., M. Fuller, R.T. Watson, and B. Ayurzana. 2006. Overview of the Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus L (Linnaeus, 1766) ecology research results in Mongolia. Pp. 8-15 in N. Batbayar, A.K. Pack, and B. Ayurzana (eds.), Conservation and research of natural heritage: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium between Mongolia and Republic of Korea, Sept. 30, 2006, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Batbayar, N. 2004. Nesting ecology and breeding success of Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus) in Central Mongolia. M.Sc. thesis, Boise State University, Boide, ID.

Batbayar, N. 2006. The Black Vulture Aegypius monachus in southern and eastern Asia. In R.M. Arenas and P.M. Dobado (eds.), The Black Vulture: status, conservation and studies. Disputación Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain.

Poulakakis, N., A. Antoniou, G. Mantziou, A. Parmakelis, T. Skartsi, D. Vasilakis, J. Elorriaga, J. de la Puente, A. Gavashelishvili, M. Ghasabyan, T. Katzner, M. McGrady, N. Batbayar, M. Fuller, and T. Natsagdorj. 2008. Population structure, diversity, and phylogeography in the near-threatened Eurasian Black Vultures Aegypius monachus (Falconiformes: Accipitridae) in Europe: insights from microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA variation. 95:859-872.       pdf

Kenny, C., N. Batbayar, P. Tsolmonjav, M. J. Willis, J. Azua, and R. Reading. 2008. Dispersal of Eurasian Black Vulture Aegypius monachus fledglings from the Ukh Nature Reserve, Mongolia. Vulture News 59:13-19.

Poulakakis, N., G. Mantziou, A. Antoniou, A. Parmakelis, T. Skartsi, D. Vasilakis, J. Elorriaga, J. de la Puente, A. Gavashelishvili, M. Ghasabyan, T. Katzner, M. McGrady, N. Batbayar, M. Fuller, and T. Natsagdorj. 2005. Using microsatellite markers to infer the genetic structure of Aegypius monachus (Aves: Accipitridae). P. 25 in Anon., International conference: conservation and management of vulture populations, 14-16 November 2005. WWF-Greece and Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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