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1 June 2011 Foraging Habitat Use and Selection of Western Marsh-Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) in Intensive Agricultural Landscapes
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We studied foraging habitat use and selection of the Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) in agricultural areas, by radio-tracking seven individuals in the Ebro Basin (northern Iberian Peninsula). Generalized Linear Mixed Models indicated that the probability that a certain point within the study area was used by harriers was influenced by both distance to the nesting site and habitat. Probability of occurrence decreased with the distance to the nesting site and increased in wetlands and herbaceous crops (both those with high-intensity agricultural practices and those with low-intensity agriculture). In areas dominated by high-intensity herbaceous crops (irrigated maize, cereal, and alfalfa), marsh-harriers (n  =  2) did not use all crop types equally throughout the year; they selected different crops in relation to the crop stage (growing, fallow, and stubble) and to particular agricultural practices (irrigated, unirrigated).

Laura Cardador and Santi Mañosa "Foraging Habitat Use and Selection of Western Marsh-Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) in Intensive Agricultural Landscapes," Journal of Raptor Research 45(2), (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-10-64.1
Received: 18 July 2010; Accepted: 1 January 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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