Nest-site selection of the greater painted snipe (Rostratula benghalensis benghalensis) in fallow fields of I-Lan, Taiwan

Yu-Hsun Hsu, Lucia Liu Severinghaus

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Nest site quality often affects nest success and the fitness of avian breeders. Vegetation structure and water depth are possible factors evaluated in nest-site selection by ground nesting birds in wetlands. Vegetation structure may affect the predation risk, and water depth is linked to the possibility of being flooded. We examined these two factors in the nest site selection of a wetland bird, the Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis benghalensis), in I-Lan, Taiwan. We found 17 Greater Painted Snipe nests in wet fallow fields. By paired comparisons, we found the breeders tended to nest on sites with higher vegetation coverage and lower water depth than random sites. No significant difference was found in the vegetation height between the nest sites and the paired random sites. Five nests failed to hatch due to flooding or predation. The preference for nest sites with low water depth may be an effort to avoid being flooded and the preference for dense vegetation coverage at nest sites may be a response to predation risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalTaiwania
Volume56
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 29

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site selection
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  • Ecology

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