Skip to Main Content
A Comparison of Breeding Bird Communities and Habitat Features Between Old-Growth and Second-Growth Bottomland Hardwood ForestAuthor(s): Winston P. Smith; Howard E. Hunt; W. Kent Townley
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS 42. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 65-82
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
PDF: View PDF (172 KB)
DescriptionTo characterize bird species composition,relative abundance,and habitat affinities,spot-mapping and strip-count censuses were conducted in an old-growth stand and adjacent second-growth tracts in Moro Bottoms Natural Area, Arkansas, during 1991 and 1992. More species were recorded on the old-growth site (S =35) as compared to the second-growth grid (S =32). Similarly, the old-growth grid had a larger Shannon-Weaver diversity index than the second-growth site. Territories of several species coincided with specific habitat features: white-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus), Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), Kentucky warbler (Oporornis formusus), and prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea) were associated with treefall canopy gaps;Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) and prothonotary warbler were affiliated with standing water; and the American redstart (Setophoga ruticilla) showed a strong affinity for swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii). Small forest openings (≤0.26 ha) comprising ≤22 percent of the total area of old growth bottomland forest do not appear to adversely affect and may enhance breeding bird diversity.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationSmith, Winston P.; Hunt, Howard E.; Townley, W. Kent. 2001. A Comparison of Breeding Bird Communities and Habitat Features Between Old-Growth and Second-Growth Bottomland Hardwood Forest. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS 42. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 65-82
- Breeding bird communities
- Relationships Between Bird Communities and Forest Age, Structure, Species Composition and Fragmentation in the West Gulf Coastal Plain
- Breeding bird response to habitat and landscape factors across a gradient of savanna, woodland, and forest in the Missouri Ozarks
XML: View XML