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Nest predation and brood parasitism of tallgrass prairie birds



Nest predation and brood parasitism of tallgrass prairie birds



Journal of Wildlife Management 54(1): 106-111



Rates of nest predation and brood parasitism on 5 bird species nesting in fragments of tallgrass prairies in Minnesota were affected by the size of the prairie fragment containing the nest, the distance from the nest to a wooded edge, and the number of growing seasons since the vegetation around the nest was last burned. Rates of nest predation for 5 species were lower (P < 0.10 in each case) for nests on large (.gtoreq. 130 ha) fragments, in areas far (.gtoreq.45 m) from a wooded edge, and in vegetation that was recently burned (.ltoreq.3 yr). Rates of brood parasitism were lower (P < 0.10 in each case) far from a wooded edge. Prairie management to maximize nest productivity should provide large, regularly burned prairies with no nearby wooded edges.

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DOI: 10.2307/3808909


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