Effect of supplemental feeding on nesting success in the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

Adiv Gal, David Saltz, Uzi Motro

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Abstract

The effect of food supplement to Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) nests during the nestling period (from hatching to fledging) was studied in two nesting colonies in Israel-Alona and Jerusalem. Our hypothesis, based on diminishing returns considerations, was that food supplement will have a greater effect on fledgling success in the food-limited, urban colony of Jerusalem, than in the rural colony of Alona. Indeed, food supplement had a significantly positive effect on breeding success in both colonies. However, and contrary to our prediction, the decrease in chick mortality between supplemented and control nests in Jerusalem was not larger than in Alona (actually it was numerically smaller, albeit not significantly so). This implies either that additional factors, possibly urbanization associated, other than food limitation, might be responsible for the difference in nesting success of Lesser Kestrels between Alona and Jerusalem, and/or that the amount or the nutritional quality of the additional food provided to supplemented nests (three mice per chick per week), was not enough.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Journal of Ecology and Evolution
Volume65
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Behavioral diversity
  • Falco naumanni
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • breeding success
  • nest productivity
  • supplemental feeding
  • urbanization effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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