Scientific Journal of the BirdLife Hungary

A Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület tudományos folyóirata

Ornis Hungarica. vol.10. (2000) p.87-91.

Habitat selection and reproductive success of the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in the Kiskunság area.
Bártol István és Lovászi Péter

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We studied the habitat selection of the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in two study sites, in Apajpuszta and Baks puszta, in the Kiskunság region, central Hungary. In 1998 and 1999 we found 98 nests, mainly on roadside trees, and in small woodlands surrounded by shortgrass steppes. Most of the nests were built on poplar (Populus spp.) and black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) trees. There was a significant difference in nest tree selection between the two sites, explained by the difference in tree species composition and human disturbance. Lesser Grey Shrikes preferred habitats for nesting with high quality hunting areas nearby, while structural characteristics of the habitat were not so important. High rates of nest predation in the incubation stage and unfavourable weather conditions during the nestling period caused a low reproductive success in the two years of study.