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Marcus Canuto

Marcus Canuto


Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Biologist and naturalist. Began working with Birds of Prey in 2001, in the Savanna landscape, through bird watching and helping co-workers on data gathering of common and endangered nesting raptors. Now working at the Rio Doce State Park (Minas Gerais) and surrounding area of Atlantic rainforest. Studying the natural history of the White-necked Hawk, Mantled Hawk, Hawk-Eagles and true accipiters. Have work experience of 16 years in Brazilian Biomes and the Amazon Rainforest and the Tropical forest of Central America (Harpy Eagle Project-Fondo Peregrino, Republic of Panamá)as well as Sub tropical forest of Colômbia (Fundacíon Águila de Los Andes). Worked at Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Piauí, Maranhão, Tocantins, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Paraíba, Alagoas e Pernambuco states.

Instituto de Pesquisa pro Raptors
Belo Horizonte,  Minas Gerais  31170-110  Brazil
Phone: +55 (31) 38891890
Email: mcanuto@gmail.com

   Research Interests

Research and Conservation of Neotropical Birds of Prey and Neotropical Birds.
Population Ecology and monitoring, behaviour, natural history.

Species of Interest: 
  • Spizaetus isidori
  • Spizaetus ornatus
  • Accipiter poliogaster
  • Leucopternis polionotus
  • Leucopternis lacernulatus
  • Harpyhaliaetus coronatus
  • Harpia harpyja
  • Spizaetus melanoleucus
  • Spizaetus tyrannus


Canuto,M., G. Zorzin, E.P.M. Carvalho-Filho, C.E.A. Carvalho, G.D.M. Carvalho and C.E.R.T. Benfica. 2012. Conservation, management and expansion of protected and non-protected tropical forest remnants through population density estimation, ecology, and natural history of top predtors; case studies in birds of prey (Spizaetus taxon). pp. 359-388 in Dr. P. Sudarshana (ed.), Tropical Forests. InTech       pdf

Salvador, L.F., Jr., M. Canuto, C.E.A. Carvalho, and G. Zorzin. 2011. Aves, Accipitridae, Spizaetus tyrannus (Wied, 1820): new records in the Quadrilátero Ferrífero region, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Check List 7:032-036.

Canuto, M. 2009. Density, territoriality and detectability of forest Falconiformes gliders at a seasonally semi deciduous Atlantic rainforest reserve in Brazil. The Peregrine Fund Reports 3:1-9.

Canuto, M. 2008. Observations of two hawk-eagle species in a humid lowland tropical forest reserve in central Panama. Journal of Raptor Research 42:287-292.       pdf

Canuto, M. 2008. First description of the nest of the Black-and-white Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus) in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, southeast Brazil. Ornitologia Neotropical 19:607-610.

Canuto, M. 2008. Canopy survey of endangered Falconiformes at Rio Doce State Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter 5:1, 7.

Carvalho Filho, E.P.M., G. Zorzin, M. Canuto, C.E.A. Carvalho, and G.D.M. Carvalho. 2008. [Diurnal raptors of the Rio Doce State Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil]. MG Biota 1:4-43. (In Portuguese)

Carvalho Filho, E.P.M., G. Zorzin, and M. Canuto. 2007. (Abstract) Abundance of diurnal birds of prey in Rio Doce State Park, Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. Pp. 276-277 in K.L. Bildstein, D.R. Barber, and A. Zimmerman (eds.), Neotropical raptors. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Orwigsburg, PA.

Carvalho, C.E.A., G. Zorzin, M. Canuto, and E.P.M. Carvalho Filho. 2007. (Abstract) A preliminary study of the diet of the Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis) in southwestern Brazil. P. 275 in K.L. Bildstein, D.R. Barber, and A. Zimmerman (eds.), Neotropical raptors. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Orwigsburg, PA.

Zorzin, G.,Carvalho, C.E.A., Carvalho Filho, E.P.M. and Canuto, M. 2006. Novos registros de Falconiformes raros e ameaçados para o estado de Minas Gerais [New records of rare and threatened Falconiformes in the state of Minas Gerais]. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 14(4):417-421. (In Portuguese with English summary)

Carvalho Filho, E.P.M., M. Canuto, and G. Zorzin. 2006. [Breeding biology and diet of the Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus u. urubitinga) in Southeast Brazil]. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 14:445-448.

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