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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 29, No. 3, 2008, pp. 270-276
Bioline Code: zr08042
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2008, pp. 270-276

 en Nesting Characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia, Prinia flaviventris check for this species in other resources
DING, Zhi-feng; YUAN, Ling; ZHU, Cheng-lin; HUANG, Jin-wen; ZHENG, Xi-qun; GUO, Xiang-pin; LIN, Jie-yu; HU, Hui-jian & TANG, Si-xian

Abstract

Nesting has important effects upon birds’ growth and breeding. We studied nesting characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia by marking and measuring nests of study sites at Jiangxi village, Guangdong from March to September in 2007. For each active nest-site, we made a 5 m×5 m sampling plot with the center of each nest to sample habitat index, and then analyze nest-site selection using Principal-component analysis. The results showed that: 1) Yellow-bellied Prinia started nesting in the middle of March, reached its peak in April, and was completed by late July. 2) A total of 44 nests were found in 13 species of plants; 27 nests were built in Pennisetum purpureum check for this species in other resources , 4 in Erigeron canadensis check for this species in other resources and 1 or 2 in other species. 3) All nests were irregularly sphere-shaped, included artifactitious materials besides vegetation and creatural Materials. 4) Four factors were found to affect birds selecting their nest-sites: distance from the nearest water sources (29.89%), distance from the nearest road (16.45%), distance from the nearest bush (12.92%), and height above water surface (11.69%). Hence, we concluded that the pattern of nest building of Yellow-bellied Prinia was a way to adapt to their environment, and shorter tails could not only increase flexibility, but also reduce nesting investment.

Keywords
Prinia flaviventris; Nesting; Nest site selection

 
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