HABITAT SELECTION OF INSECTIVOROUS BIRDS IN WESTERN BLACK SEA REGION OF TURKEY


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Beşkardeş V.

Applied Ecology And Environmental Research, cilt.18, sa.6, ss.7551-7562, 2020 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.15666/aeer/1806_75517562
  • Dergi Adı: Applied Ecology And Environmental Research
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.7551-7562

Özet

Understanding the habitat preferences of species is crucial to their conservation. Bird species in particular are thought to be strongly affected by habitat structure (canopy cover, tree height, etc.) and land use. Due to their importance in pest control in both natural and agricultural environments, the habitat preference of insectivorous birds in particular was assessed by this study. To this end, the abundance and the number of insectivorous birds across different habitat types and land uses were investigated in Western Black Sea Region of Turkey. A total of 78 insectivorous bird species belonging to 6 orders and 25 families were identified and 10635 individuals were counted in the study. Canopy cover, vegetation layer, elevation and habitat heterogeneity positively affected insectivorous bird diversity. Forest management plans should include precautions to ensure the maintenance of tree canopy and habitat heterogeneity. Natural vegetation should be protected and improved when lacking in farmlands and urban areas in order to ensure the conservation of bird species.