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dc.contributor.authorCousin, Jarraden_US
dc.contributor.authorD. Phillips, Ryanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T13:07:43Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T13:07:43Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2011-11-16T06:40:23Z
dc.identifier.issn0004959Xen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1071/ZO07065en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/23544
dc.description.abstractHabitat complexity is an important factor governing species richness and habitat selection in birds. The present study examined this relationship in a large wandoo woodland in Western Australia. Habitat complexity (comprising canopy, shrub, ground vegetation, log and leaf litter cover) and bird species richness was recorded in 48 sites, each ~3 ha in size. We found no significant correlation of habitat complexity with species richness. We propose that the absence of such a relationship results from the resource-poor environment of the woodlands of south-western Australia. The relative scarcity of food resources results in a species richness threshold beyond which there are insufficient niches and resources to support additional species with increasing habitat complexity. Only two species exhibited significant associations with habitat complexity, with the western yellow robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis) occupying sites with higher habitat complexity, and the restless flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) occupying sites with lower habitat complexity. Although some species may respond specifically to habitat complexity, management of avian biodiversity within Australian woodlands should take into account the potentially greater role that productivity and resource availability play in influencing species richness, rather than habitat complexity per se. Furthermore, the individual components comprising habitat complexity may be of equal importance in assessing relationship of species richness to overall habitat complexity.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen_US
dc.publisher.placeCollingwood, Vic.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom95en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto102en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of Zoologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume56en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchConservation and Biodiversityen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCommunity Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTerrestrial Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050202en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode060202en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode060208en_US
dc.titleHabitat complexity explains species-specific occupancy but not species richness in a Western Australian woodlanden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 CSIRO. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
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