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Title: Birds associated with agricultural crops in Malta
Authors: Haslam, Sylvia Mary
Vella, A.
Keywords: Birds -- Malta
Crops -- Malta
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Avian landscape ecology : pure and applied issues in the large-scale ecology of birds : proceedings of the Eleventh Annual IALE (UK) Conference, held at the University of East Anglia, 10-13th September 2001 / edited by Dan Chamberlain, Andy Wilson, Great Britain : IALE (U.K.), 2001, ISBN 952426390
Abstract: The range of resident birds in Malta is restricted (22 species), but that of spring and autumn migrants is much wider (over 300 species -- Birdlife Malta 2002). Numbers vary with both species and year. For many species, agricultural land provides food and shelter during migration. Tall woody plants (fruit orchards, citrus groves, carobs (Ceratonia siliqua), canes (Arundo donax) shelter, e.g. robins, warblers, orioles. Open fields and vineyards bear, e.g. starlings and (resident) sparrows, short toe'd larks. The phase of growth of crop plants (dependent on season and water) also influences birds preferences. Occasionally, birds may damage crops, but most aid these controlling insect and rodent pests. Knowledge of avian landscape ecology helps the incorporation of bird-friendly policies into development plans.
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