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Title: Home range and habitat utilization of breeding male merlins, Falco columbarius, in southeastern Montana

Author: Becker, Dale M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull;

Date: 1987

Source: Canadian Field-Naturalist. 101(3): 398-403.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Home range size and habitat utilization of three breeding male Richardson’s Merlins (Falco columbarius richardsonii) in southeastern Montana were studied using radio telemetry. Home ranges of these birds encompassed 13,23, and 28 km2. Each bird traveled up to 9 km from its nest. Each home range encompassed five habitats; sagebrush/grassland, riparian, and Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) communities were used significantly (p < 0.05) more, and grasslands and agricultural fields less (p < 0.05), than expected, based on the proportions in the combined home ranges. Four sites regularly used by hunting male Merlins indicated preferences for patchy shrub/grasslands as hunting habitats.

Keywords: Merlin, Falco columbarius, home range, habitat, Montana

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Becker, Dale M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull 1987. Home range and habitat utilization of breeding male merlins, Falco columbarius, in southeastern Montana. Canadian Field-Naturalist. 101(3): 398-403.


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