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1 July 2010 Disturbance of Lekking Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) by Ring-Necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus)
R. Douglas Holt, Matthew J. Butler, Warren B. Ballard, Curtis A. Kukal, Heather Whitlaw
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Abstract

Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations have experienced dramatic rangewide declines (up to 92%) since settlement of the Great Plains, This decline has been attributed to changes in land-use practices, such as conversion of native rangelands to intensive agriculture and increased grazing pressure. These changes may increase the impact of interspecific competition on populations. We documented disturbance of lekking Lesser Prairie-Chickens by Ring-necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Future management and research should take into account possible impacts to Lesser Prairie-Chickens during the breeding season.

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R. Douglas Holt, Matthew J. Butler, Warren B. Ballard, Curtis A. Kukal, and Heather Whitlaw "Disturbance of Lekking Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) by Ring-Necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus)," Western North American Naturalist 70(2), 241-244, (1 July 2010). https://doi.org/10.3398/064.070.0212
Received: 22 September 2009; Accepted: 1 January 2010; Published: 1 July 2010
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