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Title: Habitat selection by a despotic passerine, the Bell Miner ('Manorina melanophrys'): When restoring habitat through Lantana ('Lantana camara') removal is not enough
Contributor(s): Lambert, Kathryn  (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid ; Reid, Nick  (author)orcid ; McDonald, Paul  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1111/emr.12196
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Abstract: The Bell Miner ('Manorina melanophrys') occurs in logged eucalypt forest in northern NSW with a dense understorey of the invasive Neotropical shrub Lantana ('Lantana camara') that is used for nesting. The link between Bell Miners and Lantana is important as the birds aggressively exclude all smaller and similar-sized birds from their colonies, reducing avian diversity in forest occupied by the species. We monitored the impact of Lantana removal on Bell Miner persistence in several plots in two logged forest sites, along with untreated control plots at one of the sites. Lantana control was successful over 7 years at both sites, with regeneration of native understorey, midstorey and canopy species compensating for the loss of live Lantana cover in the understorey. Bell Miner individuals vacated the treated plots in one site (Creek's Bend) but persisted in the control and treated plots at the second site (Toonumbar National Park). Bell Miner response was correlated with forest structure: birds vacated forest with a sparse understorey (<5 m) but dense midstorey (5-15 m) and canopy (>15 m) at Creek's Bend, but remained at the site with a dense understorey but sparse midstorey and canopy at Toonumbar. We therefore predict that forest restoration that simultaneously reduces Lantana understorey and increases midstorey density will be most successful in reducing the abundance of the despotic Bell Miner and increasing avian diversity in rehabilitated sites.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Ecological Management & Restoration, 17(1), p. 81-84
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1442-8903
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
050103 Invasive Species Ecology
050104 Landscape Ecology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 401304 Photogrammetry and remote sensing
410202 Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
410206 Landscape ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
960604 Environmental Management Systems
960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180301 Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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