BiodiverCity: a first investigation on bird communities in two urban green areas of Palermo, Sicily

Daniela Campobello, Bruno Massa, Elisa Vitale, Marco Pecoraro, Natale Surano, Sara Chiarello

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Abstract

Since the 1980s, there has been a growing worldwide interest on urban bird diversity. The avifauna ofMediterranean cities has been however poorly investigated with standardized methods. Accordingly,our investigation aimed to record breeding and migrating species in two XVIII-century green areasof Palermo town: Villa Trabia (8 ha) and the Botanical Garden (10 ha). Starting from spring 2019, wecarried 15 census sessions by point-counts, during the morning hours (10 points at Villa Trabia and11 at the Botanical Garden, set with a minimum distance of 50 m) by recording, in each point, all thebirds seen or heard within 10 min. Our preliminary results show that the study sites are mainly visitedby ubiquitous Mediterranean bird species. We also correlated species presence and abundance withGIS-mapped flora distribution recorded at the Botanical Garden, to assess potential preference oravoidance in bird behaviours. We finally discuss the potential scientific and management implicationsto extend this investigation both temporally, across seasons and years, and spatially, in different urbanparks, with the aim to compare urban avifauna presence and trend with rural avian communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLibro degli abstract
Pages46-47
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Campobello, D., Massa, B., Vitale, E., Pecoraro, M., Surano, N., & Chiarello, S. (2019). BiodiverCity: a first investigation on bird communities in two urban green areas of Palermo, Sicily. In Libro degli abstract (pp. 46-47)