AVIS-IBIS

Birds of Indian Subcontinent

The Reproductive Ecology of the Common Coot (Fulica atra) in the Hauts Plateaux, Northeast Algeria

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:Samraoui, F, Samraoui, B
Journal:Waterbirds
Volume:30
Issue:1
Date Published:2007
ISBN Number:1524-4695
Keywords:Algeria, Fulica, Fulica atra, Rallidae
Abstract:Abstract The reproductive biology of the Coot (Fulica atra) was studied in a shallow pond, Timerganine, in the semi-arid Hauts-Plateaux. Our results contrast with a previous study carried out in the coastal wetlands of Numidia showing differences in laying dates, egg size and clutch size. Nest site selection was strongly influenced by spatial patch structure and vegetation structure may act as a cue of habitat quality. Coots bred at Timerganine at a high nest density and reproductive performances were influenced by adverse weather and more markedly by both predation and anthropogenic activities. We also found that alternative reproductive strategies were present within the studied coot population which exhibited a high rate of conspecific brood parasitism.Abstract The reproductive biology of the Coot (Fulica atra) was studied in a shallow pond, Timerganine, in the semi-arid Hauts-Plateaux. Our results contrast with a previous study carried out in the coastal wetlands of Numidia showing differences in laying dates, egg size and clutch size. Nest site selection was strongly influenced by spatial patch structure and vegetation structure may act as a cue of habitat quality. Coots bred at Timerganine at a high nest density and reproductive performances were influenced by adverse weather and more markedly by both predation and anthropogenic activities. We also found that alternative reproductive strategies were present within the studied coot population which exhibited a high rate of conspecific brood parasitism.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1675/1524-4695(2007)030[0133:TREOTC]2.0.CO;2
Short Title:Waterbirds
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith