Nestedness of bird assemblages along an urbanisation gradient in central India

Manoj Kale, Marco Ferrante, Nandkishor Dudhe, Raju Kasambe, Irina S. Trukhanova, Tatiana Ivanova, Prosun Bhattacharya, Gabor L. Lövei

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We censused terrestrial bird assemblages along a five-stage urbanisation gradient (rural forest, industrial zone, peri-urban, suburban and urban habitats) in and around Amravati City, Central India, between January and April 2010-2013. A total of 89 species of birds were recorded, with the highest detected species richness in the rural areas (67 species) and the lowest in the urban one (29 species). The rural habitats had the highest diversity, followed, in a decreasing order, by industrial, periurban, suburban and urban areas, supporting Gray's increasing disturbance rather than Connell's intermediate disturbance hypothesis. The densities were, however, highest in the urban habitats, supporting the resource concentration hypothesis. The assemblages were significantly nested, indicating a common origin from the rural forest.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Urban Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Biotic homogenisation
  • Bird species diversity
  • Disturbance
  • Forest-urban gradient
  • Scalable diversity
  • Urban birds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Urban Studies


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