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Comparison of neotropical winter bird populations in isolated patches versus extensive forest

Acta Oecologica Oecologia Generalis

Bird census and atlas studies : Actes de la IXe Conference internationale d'Ornithologie quantitative. Proceedings of the IXth International Conference on Bird Census and Atlas Work, 9th, 1985, Dijon, France / Jacques Blondel, Bernard Frochot, editors.
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Abstract

Wintering birds were captured with mist nets at 12 pairs of forested sites in the New World tropics in 1984 and 1985 to compare populations in small isolated woodlands (generally 5-50 ha) with those in extensive forests (> 1,000 ha). Net-hours of effort were similar in large and small sites, as were total birds captured and banded, but species composition was very different. Members of the Todidae, Dendrocolaptidae, Formicariidae and Thraupinae were significantly more common in extensive forest than in small isolated tracts, indicating that these birds are especially vulnerable to effects of forest fragmentation. However, in winter many species of North American migrants, even species that are restricted to extensive forest during the breeding season, were just as common in small forest fragments as in extensive forest. A high percentage of the North American migrants banded in January 1984 (40 to 50 % for some species) were recaptured in 1985.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Comparison of neotropical winter bird populations in isolated patches versus extensive forest
Series title:
Acta Oecologica Oecologia Generalis
Volume
8
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
285-292
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Acta Oecologica Oecologia Generalis
First page:
285
Last page:
292
Number of Pages:
8