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J Stevens, M Louette and M Herremans (1999)

Density and breeding biology of the Barn Owl Tyto alba (Aves, Tytonidae) on the tropical island of Mayotte

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 129(2):405-419.

Tyto alba is widely distributed on Mayotte, an island group of 374 km(2) in the Comoro archipelago. The species was studied in August 1996 (dry season) and December 1997/January 1998 (wet season). Territorial response was high in December/January, and there were fledged young in August, indicating that breeding starts in the wet season and young fledge during the dry season. The species was inventoried at the beginning of the breeding season by using playback of calls during point-transect counts. Breeding densities were high, estimated at ca. 1.03 to 2.75 territories/km(2), based on three different methods of calculation. Possible sources of error are discussed, but this method will most likely produce useful results in other situations where Barn Owls respond well to playback. Breeding sites were mainly cavities in trees, but cliffs and, more rarely, buildings were also used. Breeding success seemed low: 1.62 young fledged per nest.

Barn Owl; Tyro alba; population; density; breeding biology; Mayotte; Comoros
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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