Attributes of trees used by nesting and foraging woodpeckers (Aves: Picidae) in an area with old pollarded Oaks (Quercus spp.) in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey
2016 (English)In: Zoology in the Middle East, ISSN 0939-7140, E-ISSN 2326-2680, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
We used three woodpecker species as umbrella species for old deciduous forests, andanalysed their preferences in an area with old pollarded oaks in the Taurus Mountains,Turkey. Using plot inventories, we physically characterised trees utilised fornesting and foraging amongst woodpeckers in general and the Middle SpottedWoodpecker (Leiopicus medius) in particular. Trees more frequently visited by foragingwoodpeckers differed from randomly chosen trees by being taller, having alarger circumference, greater bark furrow depth and shorter distance to neighbouringtrees. Nesting trees were taller, had a higher proportion of dead wood but a lower surfacearea of natural cavities. Our results suggest that the woodpeckers in the study arearely upon woodlands containing mature trees, thus have the potential to functionas suitable umbrella species’ to highlight the conservation value of oak forest habitatsin southern Turkey.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. 1-11 p.
Piciformes, birds, pollarded trees, Quercus, oak, umbrella species, biodiversity
Other Natural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131335DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2016.1226242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-131335DiVA: diva2:970595