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István Moldován

István Moldován


Begin birding in 1991 in Transylvania, as a member of the Romanian Ornithological Society.
In 2001 I have switched continents, to the little known Egyptian Eastern Desert, where I became the contact person of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East www.osme.org
At present I help to organize and conduct raptor identification training for the annual "Tom Coles Memorial Raptor Survey," held each year in April at the Gulf of Suez migratory bird flyway "bottleneck."
In Egypt, I am updating the birds of Egypt list for BLI/Africa, and I am the owner of a yahoo mailing group and a website, where some 175 Egyptian and other birders exchange observations and questions. I have established the first ringing camp in the Egyptian Eastern desert in 2006 and since 2007 this camp is part of SEEN, a ringing camp network set up by the "father" of modern bird ringing, Prof. Przemyslaw Busse.
At the moment, I am leading a project for the reintroduction of the Sacred Ibis to Egypt, in co-operation with LPO France, and working with Attila D. Sandor and Dick Forsman on a survey of the largest Sooty Falcon colony in the world, in the southern Red Sea.

Raday Street 56/47  
Budapest,  Mures  Hungary
Phone: +36 -70-641-3000
Email: idegenvezeto@yahoo.com

   Research Interests

Egyptian avifauna
Sooty Falcon migration research
Timing of migration and migration routes across Egypt
Passerine migration across the Eastern Egyptian desert

Species of Interest: 
  • Passeriformes
  • Pharoah's Eagle-owl
  • Sooty Falcon


Moldovan I. The southernmost occurrence of the Striated Scops Owl (Otus brucei) in Africa and a critical evaluation of Egyptian records of the species. Egyptian Journal of Natural History

Moldovan, I., Sandor A.D. (2009) Breeding and food habits of urbanizing Desert Eagle Owls (Bubo ascalaphus) in Hurghada, Red Sea Coast, Egypt. Sandgrouse, 31. 00-00.

Sandor A.D, I Moldovan (in print) Heading to the city. Diet selection of urban breeding Desert Eagle Owls (Bubo ascalaphus) in Hurghada. Journal of Arid environments 19. 00-00

Moldovan, I 1994. Extension of breeding range of Great Grey Shrike.”Bul. de informare” magazine,Mediasch 2,1994

Weiss I., I.Moldovan 1998. Bemerkenswerte Spinnenfunde aus der Siebenbürgischen Heide, Mauritiana 16(3): 521-526.

Sandor A.D, I.Moldovan, S. Bugariu (2008) First breeding record of the Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) in Romania. Analele Institutului Naţional de Cercetare “Delta Dunării” 13: 107-109.

Moldovan, I 2004. The raptor migration at Ain Sukhna “Despre Păsări” magazine, no2-2004

Moldovan, I 2006. Avifauna of Egypt, “Despre Păsări” magazine, no 2/2006, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Moldovan, I 1996. Contribution to the food analysis of Fieldfare. Migrans magazine 1996 no.5

Sándor, A., and I. Moldován. 2010. Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus preying on White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus in Egypt. Sandgrouse 32:2-3.

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