Do hole-nesting passerine birds fare well at artificial suburban forest edges?

Jarmo Saarikivi, Gabor Herczeg

    Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkelijulkaisuArtikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu

    Abstrakti

    Urbanization and subsequent disturbance, habitat alteration and fragmentation are usually seen as major threats to biodiversity. However, habitat alterations might also create new habitat types that can be used by the local fauna. Here, we tested whether hole-nesting passerines use forest edges next to open grassland areas for reproduction by assessing five golf courses in the Helsinki region in southern Finland. We found a major effect in all species breeding at our sites (great tit, Parus major; blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus; pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca): both nest occupancy and the number of offspring were significantly higher at the artificial edges than 50 m into the original forests. We conclude that man-made suburban forest edges provide suitable habitat for nesting, which could be further improved with the addition of nest
    boxes.
    Alkuperäiskielienglanti
    LehtiAnnales Zoologici Fennici
    Vuosikerta51
    Numero6
    Sivut488-494
    Sivumäärä6
    ISSN0003-455X
    DOI - pysyväislinkit
    TilaJulkaistu - 29 jouluk. 2014
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

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