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1 December 2008 Red-cockaded Woodpecker home range use and macrohabitat selection in a loblolly-shortleaf pine forest
Douglas R. Wood, Francisco J. Vilella, L. Wesley Burger
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Abstract

We examined annual and seasonal home ranges of 41 Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) groups from 1997 to 1999 in a Mississippi loblolly (Pinus taeda) and shortleaf (P. echinata) pine forest. Adaptive kernel annual home-range estimates ( = 43.1 ± 6.3 ha) were more conservative than maximum convex polygon estimates ( = 58.4 ± 4.5 ha). Mean non-nesting season home ranges were 15–20 ha greater than nesting season home ranges. Home ranges were smaller during nesting and increased during the post-fledging period. Compositional analysis revealed that Red-cockaded Woodpeckers selected habitats disproportionate to their availability annually and seasonally. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers selected pine sawtimber, pine poletimber, pine regeneration, and hardwood sawtimber habitats in that order. Home range appears to be a factor of landscape composition and inversely related to habitat quality.

Douglas R. Wood, Francisco J. Vilella, and L. Wesley Burger "Red-cockaded Woodpecker home range use and macrohabitat selection in a loblolly-shortleaf pine forest," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120(4), 793-800, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.1676/04-068.1
Received: 28 June 2004; Accepted: 1 January 2008; Published: 1 December 2008
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