Dr Gareth Tate


Gareth Tate graduated with a PhD from the FitzPatrick Institute in 2016. His research investigated the maintenance of plumage polymorphism in the Black Sparrowhawk. Shortly after graduating, he took up a position at the Endangered Wildlife Trust, where he currently manages the Birds of Prey Programme. The Programme has numerous raptor research and conservation links with the Fitz. Gareth hopes to build on these links, collaborate extensively with the Fitz, and implement a high standard of research to guide the conservation activities of the Programmes various raptor projects.

Recent peer-reviewed publications


Tate, G.J. and Amar, A. 2017. Morph specific foraging behavior by a polymorphic raptor under variable light conditions. Scientific Reports 7: 9161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-07829-x


Sumasgutner, P., Tate, G.J., Koeslag, A. and Amar, A. 2016. Seasonal patterns in space use of Black Sparrowhawks Accipiter melanoleucus in an urban environment. Bird Study http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2016.1214814

Sumasgutner, P., Tate, G.J., Koeslag, A. and Amar, A. 2016. Family morph matters: factors determining survival and recruitment in a long-lived polymorphic raptor. Journal of Animal Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12518

Tate, G.J., Bishop, J.M. and Amar, A. 2016. Differential foraging success across a light level spectrum explains the maintenance and spatial structure of colour morphs in a polymorphic bird. Ecology Letters http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12606

Tate, G.J., Sumasgutner, P., Koeslag, A. and Amar, A. 2016. Pair complementarity influences reproductive output in the polymorphic black sparrowhawk (Accipiter melanoleucus). Journal of Avian Biology 47: 001-012.http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jav.01100


Katzenberger, J., Tate, G., Koeslag, A. and Amar, A. 2015. Black Sparrowhawk brooding behavior in relation to chick age and weather variation in the recently colonized Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Journal of Ornithology 156: 903-913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1199-0.