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Summer bird use of Kansas windbreaks

January 1, 1992

Twenty-four windbreaks in Stafford and Pawnee counties in Kansas were censused for birds during the nesting seasons of 1988-1990. Eighty-nine species of birds were found in the windbreaks with 60 species believed to be nesting. Fifteen species used the windbreaks for feeding or as singing perches but did not nest, and 14 species were spring migrants. Species representing 20 taxonomic families and 15 foraging guilds nested in the windbreaks. Fifteen species were members of the omnivore/ground forager guild. Five species considered forest interior or area sensitive were found nesting in the windbreaks. Windbreak area was important in determining which species were present. Windbreaks provide habitat for a large component of the Great Plains' avifauna, including some species whose populations are decreasing in the region.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1992
Title Summer bird use of Kansas windbreaks
DOI
Authors T.T. Cable, R.L. Schroeder, V. Brack, P.S. Cook
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Prairie Naturalist
Series Number
Index ID 70127030
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization