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: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
Date Published:2007
ISBN Number:15244695
Keywords:Algeria, Fulica, Fulica atra, Rallidae
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.
Short Title:Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
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