Volume 29 Issue 3
May  2008
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DING Zhi-feng, YUAN Ling, ZHU Cheng-lin, HUANG Jin-wen, ZHENG Xi-qu, GUO Xiang-pin. Nesting Characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia, Prinia flaviventris. Zoological Research, 2008, 29(3): 270-276. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2008.03270
Citation: DING Zhi-feng, YUAN Ling, ZHU Cheng-lin, HUANG Jin-wen, ZHENG Xi-qu, GUO Xiang-pin. Nesting Characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia, Prinia flaviventris. Zoological Research, 2008, 29(3): 270-276. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2008.03270

Nesting Characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia, Prinia flaviventris

doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2008.03270
  • Received Date: 2008-01-09
  • Rev Recd Date: 1900-01-01
  • Publish Date: 2008-06-22
  • Nesting has important effects upon birds’ growth and breeding. We studied nesting characteristics of Yellow-bellied Prinia by marking and measuring nests of study sites at Jiangxi village, Guangdong from March to September in 2007. For each active nest-site, we made a 5 m×5 m sampling plot with the center of each nest to sample habitat index, and then analyze nest-site selection using Principal-component analysis. The results showed that: 1) Yellow-bellied Prinia started nesting in the middle of March, reached its peak in April, and was completed by late July. 2) A total of 44 nests were found in 13 species of plants; 27 nests were built in Pennisetum purpureum, 4 in Erigeron canadensis and 1 or 2 in other species. 3) All nests were irregularly sphere-shaped, included artifactitious materials besides vegetation and creatural Materials. 4) Four factors were found to affect birds selecting their nest-sites: distance from the nearest water sources (29.89%), distance from the nearest road (16.45%), distance from the nearest bush (12.92%), and height above water surface (11.69%). Hence, we concluded that the pattern of nest building of Yellow-bellied Prinia was a way to adapt to their environment, and shorter tails could not only increase flexibility, but also reduce nesting investment.
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