Birds in Forest Ecosystems

Authored by: Jeffrey A. Stratford , Çağan H. Şekercioğlu

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415735452
eBook ISBN: 9781315818290
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816447

10.4324/9781315818290.ch20

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Abstract

Birds have been associated with forests as long as there have been birds (Sereno and Chenggang 1992). Since their origin, birds have diversified to occupy a remarkable array of habitats and foraging strategies, unparalleled by any other terrestrial vertebrate (Naish 2014). Over the eons, birds have formed intimate relationships between their habitats, their prey, and formed tight symbiotic relationships, such as flower-pollinator symbiosis. Because the majority of birds are conspicuous and relatively easy to study, they are among the best studied animals in forested ecosystems (Şekercioğlu 2006b; Şekercioğlu et al. in press).

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