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HEAVENLY HUNTERS

Exhibition of Birds of Prey

Authors: Marko Raković and Daliborka Stanković

Common kestrel (albino specimen)

Are you ready for continuation of the dinosaur exhibition? This time we will show their direct descendants: birds of prey.

Exhibition Sky Hunters is dedicated to birds of prey in our region. Birds of prey represent a symbol of speed, agility and nobleness, and therefore they were used as symbols of rulers, states and nations since the earliest times. The two-headed white eagle was used on coats of arms of our medieval noble families (Nemanjić and Lazarević dynasties) until the present day on the state coat of arms of Serbia.

This exhibition shows specimens of birds of prey from the collection of Natural History Museum, including: Griffon Vulture, Bearded Vulture, White-tailed Eagle, Black Vulture, Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, Saker Falcon, Hobby, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Black Kite, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture etc.

The exhibition presents the diversity of birds of prey in Serbia, particularly their significance in nature, status in biocoenosis and degree in which they are endangered. Some of the specimens belong to extinct species and species threatened with extinction (Imperial Eagle, Red Kite, Levant Sparrowhawk etc.) and are particularly interesting due to their historical and scientific value. Some of the other presented species are prominent due to being exhibited for the first time or by their dimensions (White-tailed Eagle, Griffon Vulture).

Birds of prey are presently one of the most threatened groups, and observing them in nature is a rare privilege. The main goal of this exhibition is to present the wondrous world of this group of birds and to point out their importance in nature. The audience has an opportunity to learn about their way of life, diet, reproduction, migratory routes, habitats etc. in a scientific-popular way.

The audience for this exhibition spans all ages and education levels, including nature conservationists, hunters, students of elementary and high schools as well as universities and community colleges (Biology Faculty, Faculty of Forestry, Science-Mathematics Faculty, Pedagogy Faculty, Pedagogical Academy etc.). You may visit the exhibition until the November 2010.