Reduced flower visitation by nectar-feeding birds in response to fire in Cape fynbos vegetation, South Africa

@article{Geerts2011ReducedFV,
  title={Reduced flower visitation by nectar-feeding birds in response to fire in Cape fynbos vegetation, South Africa},
  author={Sjirk Geerts and Sarel D. T. Malherbe and Anton Pauw},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
  year={2011},
  volume={153},
  pages={297-301}
}
Nectar-feeding birds are important pollinators in fire-prone regions of the world, but the impact of fires on these bird communities has seldom been studied. Nectar-feeding bird communities were censused during peak flowering, before and after fire in the Cape fynbos of South Africa. The abundance and species richness of nectar-feeding birds decreased at all sites. In a controlled experiment, two common bird-pollinated plants, which flower profusely after a fire, were presented in floral arrays… CONTINUE READING

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