The placement and the size and shape of nests of Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) reflect the environmental conditions at different altitude

  • M. Janiga Institute of High Mountain Biology, University of Žilina, SK - 059 56 Tatranská Javorina 7, Slovac Republic
  • Z. Višňovská Institute of High Mountain Biology, University of Žilina, SK - 059 56 Tatranská Javorina 7, Slovac Republic
Keywords: Turdus torquarus, nest location and structure, breeding, the West Carpatians, principal component analysis

Abstract

The placement and size and shape of the nests of the Ring Ouzel vary locally in response to variation in environmental conditions such as altitude. Nests at the higher elevations were built on thinner and younger spruce trees than nests located at lower altitudes. Nest at low elevations tended to be smaller but more spacious than their counterparts. In some cases, they tended to be wide with short nest cups. These differences in nests suggest that Ring Ouzels tailor nest structure to the microclimate at the nest site.

Published
2004-12-01
How to Cite
Janiga, M., & Višňovská, Z. (2004). The placement and the size and shape of nests of Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) reflect the environmental conditions at different altitude. Oecologia Montana, 13(1-2), 11-16. Retrieved from http://om.vuvb.uniza.sk/index.php/OM/article/view/173
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