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Title: A comparison of two European breeding habitats of the water rail Rallus aquaticus

Subtitle:

Acta Ornithologica, vol. 39, no. 1 ; Miejsca gniazdowe wodnika w różnych środowiskach ; Nest sites of water rail

Contributor:

Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Publisher:

Museum & Institute of Zoology

Place of publishing:

Warszawa

Description:

Bibliogr. p. 26 ; P. [21]-27 : il. ; 27 cm ; Abstract. pol.

Abstract:

The study was carried out in two sites — fluvial mires (FM) in Netherlands, and at salt marshes (SM) and the borders of lagoons (BL) in Spain. All 58 nests were found in unmown and ungrazed vegetation. Carex species were dominant at the nesting sites in FM, but not Phragmites australis. Juncus maritimus was dominant in the SM and at BL. The plant communities at and around the nest sites of FM differed from those of SM+BL.At nest height from the side the nest was mostly only poorly visible. Nests at nest height and eggs at observer eye level were invisible among dense clusters of Juncus maritimus tussocks. Visibility of eggs in reed stands mixed with Carex species and in Sparganium erectum stands was mostly poor and moderate respectively. This was in contrast to nests situated among Juncus maritimus stems. Here, at eye-level the eggs were very conspicuous. For the most part, an incubating Water Rail on the nest at eye-level was hardly visible in any of the various stands. The vegetation height of nest sites in SM and BL was considerably less than in FM owing to the absence of Phragmites australis. The water depth at the nest sites varied. The nest height in tussocks of Juncus maritimus was greater. The nest material corresponded to the plant species in the immediate vicinity of the nest.

Relation:

Acta Ornithologica

Volume:

39

Issue:

1

Start page:

21

End page:

27

Format:

text/xml

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:54205 ; oai:rcin.org.pl:54205 ; click here to follow the link

Source:

MiIZ PAN, call no. patrz sygn. czas. P.257-39-1 ; MiIZ PAN, call no. patrz sygn. czas. P.4568-39-1 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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