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Effect of tree logging on reproductive performance in Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Amininasab, S. M., Xu, C. C. Y., Kingma, S. A. & Komdeur, J., Jan-2017, In : Journal of Ornithology. 158, 1, p. 339-344 6 p.

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  • Seyed Mehdi Amininasab
  • Charles C. Y. Xu
  • Sjouke A. Kingma
  • Jan Komdeur

For birds, habitat quality is largely determined by local vegetation, and reproductive performance can therefore be negatively influenced by anthropogenic activities. A tree logging event enabled us to examine the effect of removing trees of different maturities and types on the reproductive performance of Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). Against expectations, only the logging of small coniferous trees, but not larger and deciduous trees, was associated with a reduction in the number of eggs laid, whereas logging had no significant effect on lay date. Therefore, we conclude that modest logging activity has no or limited negative influence on Blue Tit reproductive performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ornithology
Volume158
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2017

    Keywords

  • Anthropogenic, Breeding, Clutch size, Habitat, Laying date, Logging, CLUTCH SIZE, GREAT TIT, HABITAT, QUALITY, SUCCESS, LANDSCAPE

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