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dc.contributor.authorYadok, Biplang G.
dc.contributor.authorBarshep, Yakhat
dc.contributor.authorCresswell, Will
dc.identifier.citationYadok , B G , Barshep , Y & Cresswell , W 2014 , ' The importance of anthropogenic effects in habitat use and territory size of Northern Anteater-chats Myrmecocichla aethiops near Amurum Forest Reserve, Jos-Plateau, Nigeria ' Ostrich , vol. 85 , no. 2 , pp. 147-151 . DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2014.957745en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 138876735
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: c20e9a78-4f3b-43ff-95f2-8f815cb62d85
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84926172927
dc.description.abstractOccurrence of animals in an area and the size of territories they occupy is a function of resource availability and the environmental conditions in that area. Territory location in birds is often determined by availability of nesting habitat and we investigate whether this is the case for the little-studied Northern Anteater-chat Myrmecocichla aethiops. Territory size and location were mapped over two months in 2012 at 25 different sites where the birds occurred in central Nigeria and compared to 25 random sites where they did not, 500 m away. Vegetation variables, invertebrate abundance indicators, anthropogenic variables (availability of nest sites) and bird community components were measured and compared with adjoining areas (500 m away) from which the birds were absent in order to determine important factors determining territory location and size. Territories were 1.23 ha (SE 0.14) in size and were widely separated and so non-contiguous. Increasing numbers of abandoned wells, ant nests and termite mounds increased the probability of territory occupation. Territory size increased with the number of anteater-chats but decreased with increasing number of ant nests and overall bird diversity that were probably proxies for habitat quality. Overall, choice of preferred areas for the Northern Anteater-chat was centred on nesting sites and then habitat quality and group size probably determined territory size.en
dc.rightsCopyright © NISC (Pty) Ltd. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ostrich on 23 September 2014, available online:
dc.subjectNesting habitaten
dc.subjectNorthern anteater-chaten
dc.subjectTermite moundsen
dc.subjectTerritory sizeen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleThe importance of anthropogenic effects in habitat use and territory size of Northern Anteater-chats Myrmecocichla aethiops near Amurum Forest Reserve, Jos-Plateau, Nigeriaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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