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Avian Urban Ecology$
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Diego Gil and Henrik Brumm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199661572.001.0001

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The challenges of urban living

The challenges of urban living

(p.3) Chapter 1 The challenges of urban living
Avian Urban Ecology

Danielle F. Shanahan

Michael W. Strohbach

Paige S. Warren

Richard A. Fuller

Oxford University Press

This chapter first discusses the challenges posed by the urban environment for bird populations. These include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, alteration of resource flows, pollution, and species interactions. The chapter then turns to some of the ways in which urbanization filters bird communities. There are at least two approaches to tackling this question. First, one can measure how the species richness and abundance of birds changes in response to urbanization. Second, one can take a comparative approach to identify how urban-adapted species differ from those that are sensitive to urbanization. Finally, the chapter considers adaptive responses to urbanization and the impact of human behaviours for urban wildlife.

Keywords:   urban environment, bird populations, urbanization, bird communities, avian assemblage, species richness, adaptation

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