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Diversity, Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Land use and landcover change alter the ability of habitat networks to maintain viable populations [...] Read more. Land use and landcover change alter the ability of habitat networks to maintain viable populations of threatened species. This also applies to predators that prey on such species. We found that avian predator assemblages are affected by land use intensity linked to socio-economic contexts in Europe’s West and East. Corvid birds were associated with the number of anthropogenic food resources and fine-grained open landcovers. Corvid bird abundance and their resources increased with increasing land use intensity. Raptors were less abundant than corvid birds, and were most common in coarse-grained landcovers with fewer anthropogenic resources. The number of raptor species increased with decreasing land use intensity. We conclude that avian predator assemblages must be considered in order to maintain functional habitat networks. View this paper.