The diet of Great Tit Parus major nestlings in a Mediterranean Iberian forest: the important role of spiders

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Title: The diet of Great Tit Parus major nestlings in a Mediterranean Iberian forest: the important role of spiders
Authors: Consorci del Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Pagani-Núñez, Emilio
Ruiz, Íker
Quesada, Javier
Negro Balmaseda, Juan José
Senar, Juan Carlos
Issue Date: 28-Nov-2011
Keywords: Ocells
Alimentació animal
Aranyes
Mallerenga carbonera
Spatial coverage: Espanya
Península Ibèrica
Mediterrània (Regió)
Access to document: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/355946
Citation: Animal biodiversity and conservation, 34 (2), 2011, 355-361
Publisher: Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Extent: 7 p.
Abstract: The diet of the Great Tit Parus major when rearing chicks has been described in many studies. However, data from the Mediterranean area is scarce. Here we describe the diet of nestlings in a population of Great Tits in a Mediterranean forest in Barcelona (north–east Spain) during two breeding seasons using two methods: neck–collars and video recording. The main prey were caterpillars (44% from neck–collar data and 62% from video–recorded data), but in our latitudes spiders also seemed to be an important food resource (24% from neck–collar data and 42% from video–recorded data). We did not find any significant differences in the quantity of spiders collected by parents in relation to stage of chick development, main vegetation surrounding nest boxes, size of the brood, or year. Our results stress the importance of spiders as a food source in Mediterranean habitats.
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Terms of use details: © Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
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