Moisture as a determinant of habitat quality for a nonbreeding neotropical migratory songbird.

  title={Moisture as a determinant of habitat quality for a nonbreeding neotropical migratory songbird.},
  author={Joseph A M Smith and Leonard R Reitsma and Peter P Marra},
  volume={91 10},
Identifying the determinants of habitat quality for a species is essential for understanding how populations are limited and regulated. Spatiotemporal variation in moisture and its influence on food availability may drive patterns of habitat occupancy and demographic outcomes. Nonbreeding migratory birds in the neotropics occupy a range of habitat types that vary with respect to moisture. Using carbon isotopes and a satellite-derived measure of habitat moisture, we identified a moisture… CONTINUE READING
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