publication . Thesis . 2004

Factors affecting foraging by breeding farmland birds

Murray, Kathryn Anne;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004
Abstract
This thesis investigates nesting success, foraging behaviour, chick diet and growth of three ecologically contrasting species (skylark <i>Alauda arvensis</i>, yellowhammer <i>Emberiza citrinella</i> and song thrush <i>Turdus philomelos</i>) on farmland, in relation to microhabitat and the availability of invertebrates. Fieldwork was conducted on a lowland mixed arable farm in Leicestershire over the breeding seasons 2000 - 2002. Telemetry was used to monitor adult song thrushes and fledgling skylarks. Skylark nest density was highest in set-aside and lowest in crops, yellowhammer nest density was greatest in herbaceous vegetation and field margins whilst song th...
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