The response of ground and bark foraging insectivorous birds across an urban–forest gradient

Trollope, Samuel T., White, John G. and Cooke, Raylene 2009, The response of ground and bark foraging insectivorous birds across an urban–forest gradient, Landscape and urban planning, vol. 93, no. 2, pp. 142-150, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2009.06.013.

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Title The response of ground and bark foraging insectivorous birds across an urban–forest gradient
Author(s) Trollope, Samuel T.
White, John G.ORCID iD for White, John G.
Cooke, RayleneORCID iD for Cooke, Raylene
Journal name Landscape and urban planning
Volume number 93
Issue number 2
Start page 142
End page 150
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2009-11-30
ISSN 0169-2046
Keyword(s) habitat fragmentation
Summary This paper assesses the response of four common species of forest dependant insectivorous birds to an urban–forest gradient. The presence or absence was recorded for each species in landscapes that varied in landscape and site level attributes. Landscapes were classified into three categories based on their level of urbanisation. Broad comparisons across the landscapes were used to determine species specific response to increasing levels of urbanisation. Site level attributes were modelled to predict the patch occupancy for each species in each of the landscape types. Two broad trends were identified: the superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus) and white-browed scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) displayed a tolerance to urbanisation and the eastern yellowrobin (Eosaltrica australis) and white throated treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus) demonstrated a threshold response to urbanisation. The density of roads (−ve) and the extent of tree cover (+ve) in a landscape were highly correlated with the occurrence of urban sensitive species while at the site level the density of roads and density of rivers were the strongest contributors to their presence. The marked differences in the isolation and connectivity of patches where the threshold for urban sensitive species ceases are the likely contributors to their decline and sensitivity to suburban habitats. Conservation and management of urban sensitive species is largely dependant on the way urban development is managed. Of critical importance is careful planning in urban-fringe environments.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2009.06.013
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960511 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Urban and Industrial Environments
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier B.V.
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