Development of a bird habitat resource classification scheme based on vegetation structure analysis

Peter S. Lee, Brendan G. Mackey

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Abstract

In order to design a conservation strategy for birds inhabiting the Great Western Woodlands (GWW) in southwestern Australia, we adopted a new approach for classifying birds into functional groups (BHFGs) based on an analysis of vegetation structure-related habitat resources (VHR). On the basis of hierarchical cluster analysis of the VHR variables we selected here, we selected a model that incorporated nine-BHFGs. This yielded a classification system that, due to our different input sources, is distinct from an existing foraging guild-based system. In conjunction with GIS technique, this new classification system has potential for effectively predicting and mapping landscape-scale habitat distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2307-2315
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Science
Volume115
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018 Dec 25

Keywords

  • Bird habitat
  • Functional group classification
  • Landscape-scale analysis
  • Sustainable management
  • Vegetation structure analysis

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