Breeding characteristics of the great tit (Parus major Linnaeus, 1758) populations at two forest habitats in Hrvatsko zagorje

Kostadinović, Hana (2016) Breeding characteristics of the great tit (Parus major Linnaeus, 1758) populations at two forest habitats in Hrvatsko zagorje. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The Great Tit (Parus major L.) is widespread hole-nesting bird from the Paridae family. During the breeding season its main food are caterpillars, which are the most abundant in oak forests. That is the reason why these forests are ideal habitats for Great Tit's breeding and nestling rearing. The aim of this research was to compare Great Tit's breeding parameters in oak-hornbeam woods in Mokrice and beech woods in Ivanščica, and to test the influence of different environmental factors (temperature, altitude, habitat) on their breeding success. We analysed 50 active nest-boxes, counted number of eggs and nestlings in every nest-box and measured egg dimensions. The results do not show significant differences among breeding parameters in Mokrice and Ivanščica, and they do not confirm the hypothesis that clutch size is larger in oak woods because of better food supply.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: the Great Tit, deciduous forests, clutch size, environmental factors, habitat
Supervisor: Kralj, Jelena and Mustafić, Perica
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 25
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 11:12
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 11:12
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5344

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