Nest predation and neotropical migrant songbirds: Piecing together the fragments

Edward Heske, S. K. Robinson, J. D. Brawn

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Abstract

Nest predation accounts for the largest share of nest failures in most species of neotropical migrant songbirds and contributes to low reproductive success. Increased rates of nest predation have often been related to habitat fragmentation and edge effects. However, recent studies have emphasized the mediating effect of landscape structure and composition on rates of nest predation. The identity of important nest predators at a local site also may vary regionally and in response to landscape characteristics. Needed are comparative studies and manipulative experiments that identify conditions under which nest predation is a critical concern and assess situations where management can be effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Volume29
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Keywords

  • Edge effects
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Landscape ecology
  • Neotropical migrant song-birds
  • Nest predation

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  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Nest predation and neotropical migrant songbirds : Piecing together the fragments. / Heske, Edward; Robinson, S. K.; Brawn, J. D.

In: Wildlife Society Bulletin, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.01.2001, p. 52-61.

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