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Nectar distribution and nectarivorous bird foraging behaviour at different spatial scales

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dc.contributor.advisor Barnard, P. Dr
dc.contributor.advisor Pauw, A. Prof
dc.contributor.author Coetzee, Anina
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-21T11:53:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-21T11:53:36Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/182404
dc.description.abstract The broad research question was: How do nectar-feeding birds and nectar-producing plants influence each other’s distribution and abun - dance? To answer this, research focussed on the iconic sugarbirds and sunbirds that visit proteas and ericas. Field experiments were con - ducted, pre-existing geographical distribution databases were analysed, and data gathered on the use of urban gardens by birds. It was found that birds influence the structure of plant communities by acting as a selective agent, and by mediating competition and facilitation among plants. Birds, in turn, are restricted to areas of high nectar availability such as protea stands or suburban gardens with artificial nectar feeders. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Nectar distribution en_ZA
dc.subject Nectarivorous bird foraging behaviour en_ZA
dc.subject Spatial scales en_ZA
dc.title Nectar distribution and nectarivorous bird foraging behaviour at different spatial scales en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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