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1 July 2004 Accuracy of the Mapping Technique for a Dense Breeding Population of the Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes in a Deciduous Forest
Ludwik Tomiałojć
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The accuracy of the territory-mapping technique for estimating the abundance of densely breeding Hawfinches was tested in an old and unfragmented lime-oak-hornbeam forest in the Białowieża National Park, E Poland. Hawfinch numbers estimated from counts of the whole bird community carried out with the application of the standards of the improved mapping technique were compared with seven-year data on the bird's true numbers, which are known from parallel intensive nest searches and persistent tracking of the movements of pairs. In a forest with a dense population of Hawfinches the mapping technique underestimated their numbers by 20% in years of moderate density and by 35% during high-density years. Even though the underestimation was negatively correlated with the true density of Hawfinches, the figures obtained by both methods reflected year-to-year changes in a similar way. An improvement in mapping data is achievable either by closer attention being paid to the species during standard visits (the best ones for surveying it), or post factum by the introduction of a correction factor into the mapping-technique figures.



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Ludwik Tomiałojć "Accuracy of the Mapping Technique for a Dense Breeding Population of the Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes in a Deciduous Forest," Acta Ornithologica 39(1), 67-74, (1 July 2004).
Received: 1 November 2003; Accepted: 1 March 2004; Published: 1 July 2004

bird census accuracy
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
deciduous forest
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