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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 44.2 (2021) Pages: 279-287

Modelling European turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur L. 1758) distribution in the south eastern Iberian Peninsula

Bermúdez-Cavero, A., Gil-Delgado, J. A., López-Iborra, G. M.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2021.44.0279

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Abstract

The European turtle dove population and breeding range has declined sharply in Spain. This study reanalyses data from the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Alicante (SE Spain), aiming to identify the main variables related to its occurrence and abundance. We used hierarchical partitioning analysis to identify important environmental variables associated with natural vegetation, farming, hydrological web, anthropic presence, climate, and topography. Analysis combining the most explicative variables of each group identified the mixture of pines and scrubland in the semiarid areas and the length of unpaved roads as the most important variables with a positive effect on occurrence, while herbaceous crops and scrublands in dry ombrotype climate areas had the most important negative effect. Abundance was related only to the availability of water points. We discuss the implications of these findings for habitat management in conservation of this species.

Keywords

Agriculture intensification, Habitat change, Hierarchical partitioning analysis, Pinewood, Population decline, Mediterranean

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Bermúdez-Cavero, A., Gil-Delgado, J. A., López-Iborra, G. M., 2021. Modelling European turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur L. 1758) distribution in the south eastern Iberian Peninsula. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 44: 279-287, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2021.44.0279

Reception date:

07/01/2020

Acceptation date:

23/07/2021

Publication date:

03/08/2021

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