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The Role of Habitat Heterogeneity in Structuring Mangrove Bird Assemblages

Mohd-Azlan, Jayasilan, Noske, Richard A. and Lawes, Michael J. (2015). The Role of Habitat Heterogeneity in Structuring Mangrove Bird Assemblages. Diversity,7(2):118-136.

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Title The Role of Habitat Heterogeneity in Structuring Mangrove Bird Assemblages
Author Mohd-Azlan, Jayasilan
Noske, Richard A.
Lawes, Michael J.
Journal Name Diversity
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1424-2818   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84934758884
Start Page 118
End Page 136
Total Pages 19
Place of Publication Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Mangrove habitats are under severe land use pressure throughout the world and Australia is no exception. Here we describe the heterogeneity of mangrove habitat and its relationship with mangrove bird diversity. We examined the role of mangrove habitat complexity in determining the richness of avian mangrove dependent species (MDS) and interior species, overall bird species richness and density. High species richness (overall and MDS) and density in the mangroves was associated with plant species richness, the density of the understory and food resource distribution. Furthermore, habitat heterogeneity rather than patch area per se was a more important predictor of species richness in the mangroves. These findings stress the importance of habitat diversity and quality to the diversity and density of birds in mangroves. Thus, habitat heterogeneity within mangroves is a crucial patch characteristic, independent of mangrove patch size, for maintaining diverse avian species assemblages.
Keywords Avifauna
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