Providing evidence to improve practice

Individual study: Red-winged blackbirds Agelaius phoeniceus use restored and natural riparian forests similarly

Published source details

Furey M.A. & Burhans D.E. (2006) Territory selection by upland red-winged blackbirds in experimental restoration plots. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 118, 391-398


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Restore or create forests Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study from March-May 2001-2 in two riparian oak forest sites in Missouri, USA (Furey & Burhans 2006), found that red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus territory area and density were similar between four blocks planted with oak seedlings and two control (unplanted) blocks (1,657-1,852 m2/territory and 0.6.territories/ha for planted blocks vs. 1,540 m2 and 0.2). Differences between blocks seeded with redtop grass Agrostis gigantean and those not seeded are discussed in ‘Grassland restoration and creation’.

 

Restore or create grasslands Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study from March-May 2001-2 in two riparian oak forest sites in Missouri, USA (Furey & Burhans 2006), found that red-winged blackbird territory area and density were similar between four blocks planted with oak seedlings and seeded with redtop grass Agrostis gigantean and those not seeded (1,657 m2/territory and 0.6 territories/ha for two seeded blocks vs. 1,852 and 0.6 for unseeded blocks). This study is discussed in more detail in ‘Restore or create forests’.