e-space
Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

Differences in dietary specialization, habitat use and susceptibility to human disturbance influence feeding rates and resource partitioning between two migratory Numenius curlew species

Li, Donglai and Zhang, Jing and Liu, Yu and Lloyd, Huw and Pagani-Núñez, Emilio and Zhang, Zhengwang (2020) Differences in dietary specialization, habitat use and susceptibility to human disturbance influence feeding rates and resource partitioning between two migratory Numenius curlew species. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 245. p. 106990. ISSN 0272-7714

[img]
Restricted to Repository staff only until 30 September 2021.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (2MB)

Abstract

Migratory shorebirds select stopover sites to fuel their migration across heterogeneous coastal landscapes with abundant prey resources. Quantifying the degree of dietary specialization between closely-related species and how they partition resources across different coastal habitat types during both spring and autumn migration could identify some interesting possibilities for conservation management given the extent of anthropogenic habitat degradation at critical stopover sites. Here we used a comparative approach to examine diet specialization and feeding rates of two migratory Numenius curlew species, Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis and Eurasian Curlew N. arquata populations, at an important stopover site in the Yellow Sea, China, and to assess the influence of habitat type, presence of human disturbance (activities related to aquaculture and oil production), and migratory season on their feeding behavior. Far Eastern Curlews were more dependent on tidal crabs and exhibited less dietary flexibility than its closely-related congener. Feeding rates on crabs by Far Eastern Curlews were not significantly different between mudflat and Suaeda salsa saltmarsh habitat but were negatively influenced by human disturbance and were higher during spring migration. In contrast, these effects were not apparent for Eurasian Curlew which fed predominantly on ragworms in saltmarsh habitat. The differences in prey type and feeding rates between adjacent habitats and migration seasons could explain how these two congeners fit syntopically along coastal wetland resource gradients. The extensive utilization of S. salsa habitat by both species suggests that saltmarshes represent an important feeding habitat for these species and that further conservation efforts aimed at reducing human disturbance would benefit both species and may lead to improved feeding rates for Far Eastern Curlews.

Impact and Reach

Statistics

Downloads
Activity Overview
0Downloads
54Hits

Additional statistics for this dataset are available via IRStats2.

Altmetric

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item