Effects of land-use change and rainfall in Sudano-Sahelian West Africa on the diet and nestling growth rates of an avian predator

R. Buij, I. Folkertsma, K. Kortekaas, H.H. De longh, J. Komdeur

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Abstract

Raptor populations in Sudano-Sahelian West Africa are being severely affected by widespread habitat alteration which depletes prey populations, potentially aggravated by changing rainfall patterns. We studied Grasshopper Buzzards Butastur rufipennis at nests in natural and transformed habitats in the Sudano-Sahelian region of northern Cameroon to assess the effects of habbitat transformation and rainfall on nestling diet and growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-101
JournalIbis
Volume155
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • field energetics
  • breeding success
  • protected areas
  • hatching order
  • climate-change
  • foraging mode
  • national-park
  • raptors
  • habitat
  • savanna

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