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Factors affecting spatial occupancy and local abundance of the Forest Thrush, Turdus lherminieri, in Guadeloupe forests

Aurélie Jean-Pierre
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L. Saint-Louis
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F. Cézilly
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Abstract The Forest Thrush (FT), Turdus lherminieri , is a secretive, ground-dwelling forest bird species of conservation concern, endemic to only four Caribbean islands. Factors influencing habitat selection and abundance by FT have been seldom documented so far. We assessed variation in the presence and abundance of FT in various forested habitats in Guadeloupe. To that end, we deployed 5-camera-trap arrays over 14 days on 24 different survey stations resulting in 1680 trap days. We observed FT more frequently at camera trap stations where rainforest dominated, with local abundance declining with increasing canopy openness. Furthermore, temperature was the most important factor affecting the presence of FT at our study sites. FT was essentially diurnal, with some activity at dawn and dusk. We document for the first-time spatial co-occurrence between FT and potential mammal predators. FT co-occurred positively with rats and negatively with cats. Although FT is globally listed as near threatened by IUCN, the species the species appeared to be relatively abundant in Guadeloupe, possibly as a consequence of the suspension of hunting since 2014 and/or the almost total protection of the Guadeloupe tropical rainforest. We recommend the use of camera traps to improve knowledge for the conservation status of the species in other part of its area of distribution and to provide additional information on the potential impact of exotic predatory mammals.
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hal-04158700 , version 1 (11-07-2023)

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Aurélie Jean-Pierre, G. Loranger-Merciris, L. Saint-Louis, F. Cézilly. Factors affecting spatial occupancy and local abundance of the Forest Thrush, Turdus lherminieri, in Guadeloupe forests. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 2023, 69 (4), pp.76. ⟨10.1007/s10344-023-01698-8⟩. ⟨hal-04158700⟩

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