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Cosmin Moga, Tibor Hartel, Kinga Oellerer, and Arpad Szapanyos (2010)

Habitat use by the endangered Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor in Central Romania


In this paper we present data relating to nest density and habitat use by the Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor in the Tarnava Mare Valley, Romania, using both nesting tree parameters (microhabitat), and habitat parameters measured in a 100m radius around each nest. The density of nests was 0.96 per km(2). Average distance between nests was 768.4m. Most of the nests (94.1\%) were found in poplars, in the region of the middle third of their trunk, especially at the terminal parts of the branches. The birds preferred open habitats, with extended arable field cover. Moreover, the tree and shrub cover were small in areas used for nesting. As poplars are the preferred nesting habitats of this bird, and are scarcely represented in this area, the protection of these trees is critical for conservation of the Lesser Grey Shrike.

Lanius minor; nest site selection; habitat preference; Romania
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

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

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


Annales de la Société malacologique de Belgique
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Annales de la Société Royale Zoologique de Belgique
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