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Breeding biology of Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea canariensis on Tenerife, Canary Islands

AuthorsRodríguez, Beneharo; Rodríguez, Airam
KeywordsGrey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea canariensis
Nest site
Cultivated area
Latitudinal gradient
Issue Date2007
PublisherPolish Scientific Publishers
Polish Academy of Sciences
CitationActa Ornithologica 42(2): 195-199 (2007)
AbstractThe paper reports on the breeding biology of the endemic subspecies of the Grey Wagtail in a human transformed area (banana plantations) on Tenerife (Canary Islands). Clutch size (3.96 ± 0.6) was lower than in continental zones, probably because of the climatic stability of the islands. Furthermore, the distance from the nest to the nearest water source and the length of the breeding season (late February–June) were greater than in other European populations. Some breeding traits fit the predictions of the so-called insular “syndrome”. Possible mechanisms underpinning these differences in breeding traits are discussed.
Description5 pages, 2 figures, 1 table.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.miiz.waw.pl/periodicals/acta-ornithologica/abstracts/ao_42_2.pdf
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