Clearing width and movements of understory rainforest birds

Laurance, Susan G.W., and Gomez, Marcela S. (2005) Clearing width and movements of understory rainforest birds. Biotropica, 37 (1). pp. 149-152.

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We assessed the capacity of three species of disturbance-sensitive understory birds to traverse a highway (50–75 m width) and large farm clearing (250 m width), by radio-tracking translocated individuals in central Amazonia, Brazil. Most individuals translocated across the highway (eight of nine birds) or moved within continuous forest (five of seven birds) returned to their home ranges, whereas none of five birds moved across the large clearing returned. Our results suggest that large clearings (>250 m width) can significantly reduce the movements of some understory rainforest birds.

Item ID: 46726
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-7429
Keywords: rainforest; birds; roads; dispersal movements; radio tracking
Funders: Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Australian Postgraduate Awards (stipend for 3.5 years), University of New England
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 01:28
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 100%
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