Intraspecific variation in detection of bird-habitat relationships: declining birds in Southern Australian Woodlands

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Lill, Alan and Maron, Martine. 2006. "Intraspecific variation in detection of bird-habitat relationships: declining birds in Southern Australian Woodlands." Pacific Conservation Biology. 12 (4), pp. 301-312.
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Intraspecific variation in detection of bird-habitat relationships: declining birds in Southern Australian Woodlands

ERA Journal ID3301
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLill, Alan (Author) and Maron, Martine (Author)
Journal TitlePacific Conservation Biology
Journal Citation12 (4), pp. 301-312
Number of Pages11
Year2006
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1038-2097
Abstract

An understanding of the responses of declining bird species to habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation is essential
for their conservation. However, species' relationships with particular threatening processes may vary in different systems, and long-term variability in bird communities and differences in sampling protocols may cause different real or apparent habitat relationships to be detected in the same system at different times. We investigated temporal variation in detection of relationships between habitat remnant size, isolation and degradation and the presence of several bird species that are known to be declining in southern Australia. Habitat relationships detected for these species were compared with a) those detected for the same species in the same remnants in surveys undertaken seven years previously, and b)thosse reported from other fragmented, southern Australian systems. Most of the relationships displayed by the study species in other landscapes were not apparent in this system, and there were temporal differences in the detected landscape and habitat relationships of several species. These findings indicate that the effects of habitat fragmentation can appear to vary in their impact on a species among landscapes, as well as through time, which complicates considerably the task of conservation managers. Correlative relationships between species' presence and habitat characteristics can be misleading if the mechanisms through which the habitat factors influence species are not understood.

Keywordsfragmentation, habitat degradation, habitat relationships, spatial and temporal variation, woodland birds
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020310399. Ecology not elsewhere classified
310302. Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
410404. Environmental management
Byline AffiliationsMonash University
Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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