Predictors of clutch predation of banded dotterels in braided rivers of the Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand.

Introduced predators are a serious threat to New Zealand’s indigenous fauna. Reducing the abundance of predators is the main method used for protection, but it is not a guarantee for sustaining prey populations because it can also depend on the abundance of the prey themselves; the abundance of other prey species, particularly pest species; or the nature of the habitat that the prey species occupy.

We explored the temporal and spatial patterns of clutch predation of banded dotterels (Charadrius bicinctus, and recorded nest habitat, nest density, and predator and rabbit (the main prey of predators) abundance to find predictors of clutch predation.

Author Norbury, G. and Heyward, R.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution Landcare Research
Pages 270-271
Region NZ
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