Nest habitat use of Rio Grande wild turkeys

The Wilson Bulletin
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Abstract

Nest habitat use of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) was studied along the South Platte River in northeast Colorado in 1986-87. Thirty-three of 35 nests were in riparian habitats. Nests were either in western snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) (67%) or mixed forbs and grasses (33%). Early season nests were more likely to be in snowberry than late season nests. Nest sites were characterized by greater overstory canopy cover, more shrubs, fewer grasses, and greater understory cover and height than surrounding areas. These areas had more shrubs, fewer large trees, and greater understory cover and height than riparian habitats throughout the study area. Phenology of understory vegetation and the effect of such vegetation on nest predation may influence temporal patterns of nest habitat use.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nest habitat use of Rio Grande wild turkeys
Series title The Wilson Bulletin
Volume 101
Issue 4
Year Published 1989
Language English
Publisher Wilson Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 591
Last page 598
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