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The Importance of Low-Intensive Agricultural Landscape for Birds of Prey

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Marine Biological Station “Prof. Dr. Ioan Borcea”, Agigea, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, B-dul Carol I, No. 20A, 700506 Iași, Romania
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Romanian Ornithological Society/BirdLife Romania, B-dul Hristo Botev, nr. 3/6, 030231 Bucharest, Romania
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Center for the Study of Transborder and Emergent Diseases and Zoonoses, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, Babadag Street, nr. 165, 820112 Tulcea, Romania
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Faculty of Biology, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, B-dul Carol I, No. 20A, 700506 Iași, Romania
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Land 2021, 10(3), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030252
Received: 11 January 2021 / Revised: 14 February 2021 / Accepted: 25 February 2021 / Published: 2 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Systems in Transition between Persistence and Change)
Low-intensive agricultural areas of Romania sustain high species diversity. Together with natural habitats, these areas are very important for European biodiversity. The ecosystem´s health is reflected in the predator status because of their position at the top of the trophic networks. The Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) is the most common bird of prey species in Europe. During the first survey census conducted in Eastern Romania (2011–2012 breeding seasons), 8.55–10.35 breeding pairs/100 square km have been counted. The Common Buzzard density varies between breeding seasons and with differences in habitat structure. Their density is positively influenced by the density of forest edge and Simpson diversity index of habitats but is negatively influenced by the total habitat fragmentation and mean daily temperature. According to this analysis, the selection of breeding territories by common buzzards is positively influenced by a heterogeneous landscape in an area with low-intensive agriculture and with large areas of open habitats made up of natural or semi-natural vegetation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo); habitat selectivity; landscape structure; Eastern Europe Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo); habitat selectivity; landscape structure; Eastern Europe
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Baltag, E.Ș.; Pocora, V.; Bolboaca, L.E.; Ion, C. The Importance of Low-Intensive Agricultural Landscape for Birds of Prey. Land 2021, 10, 252. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030252

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Baltag EȘ, Pocora V, Bolboaca LE, Ion C. The Importance of Low-Intensive Agricultural Landscape for Birds of Prey. Land. 2021; 10(3):252. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030252

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Baltag, Emanuel Ș.; Pocora, Viorel; Bolboaca, Lucian E.; Ion, Constantin. 2021. "The Importance of Low-Intensive Agricultural Landscape for Birds of Prey" Land 10, no. 3: 252. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030252

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