Measuring the functional responses of farmland birds: an example for a declining seed-feeding bunting.

@article{Smart2008MeasuringTF,
  title={Measuring the functional responses of farmland birds: an example for a declining seed-feeding bunting.},
  author={Simon L Smart and Richard A. Stillman and Ken J. Norris},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={77 4},
  pages={687-95}
}
1. Many farmland bird species have undergone significant declines. It is important to predict the effect of agricultural change on these birds and their response to conservation measures. This requirement could be met by mechanistic models that predict population size from the optimal foraging behaviour and fates of individuals within populations. A key component of these models is the functional response, the relationship between food and competitor density and feeding rate. 2. This paper… CONTINUE READING