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1 January 2017 Habitat Selection by Alpine Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta helvetica in the Italian Alps
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We analysed space use strategies in two populations of Alpine Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta helvetica considering three topographical variables (elevation, slope and aspect) to investigate whether populations living at range margins can adapt to suboptimal conditions by exploiting the available habitat differently. Selection for topographic features differed between populations, suggesting that Rock Ptarmigan adapt their habitat selection to local availability. Therefore, we suggest considering a wide range of habitat parameters when planning conservation strategies for species living at the margins of their range.
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Francesco Bisi, Alessio Martinoli, Davide D'Acunto, Alessandra Gagliardi, Elisa Masseroni, Chiara De Franceschi, Damiano G. Preatoni, Lucas A. Wauters and Adriano Martinoli "Habitat Selection by Alpine Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta helvetica in the Italian Alps," Ornithological Science 16(1), (1 January 2017). https://doi.org/10.2326/osj.16.93
Received: 8 February 2016; Accepted: 1 October 2016; Published: 1 January 2017
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