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A review of the diet of ferla domestic cats (Felis silvestris f. catus) on the Canary Islands, with new data from the laurel forest of La Gomera

AuthorsNogales, Manuel ; Medina, Félix M.
Issue Date1996
PublisherDeutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde
CitationZeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 61: 1-6(1996)
AbstractIn this study we present a review on the diet of the feral cat on the Canary archipelago, providing the first data from the reliet laurel forest (Garajonay National Park). Among the 403 prey items identified in this habitat, rats were most numerous followed by reptiles. A total of 1.047 scat groups has been studied in the lat eight years from the main habitats of the Canaries. Most of the 2.963 prey items identified represent introduced mammals (rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus; mouse, Mus cf.musculus and rat. Rattus sp.). These prey were commonly captured in most habitats with the exception of high mountain scrub. In this habitat, reptiles were taken instead introduced mammals. They were also more commonly included in the diet from open grpund and open forest than from the denser forest. Birds were more frecuently consumed in the forest than in open areas. Anthropods appeared in significant proportions in the scats from habitats where these items reached high numbers. The results indicate that the diet of feral cats clearly varies according to the different habitats.
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