Can invasive species replace native species as a resource for birds under climate change? A case study on bird-fruit interactions
Biological Conservation Volume 241, January 2020, 108268
Amanda S.Gallinat, Utah State University, Department of Biology and Ecology Center, Logan, UT, 84322, USA Richard B.Primack, Boston University, Department of Biology, Boston, MA, 02215, USA Trevor L.Lloyd-Evans, Manomet, Plymouth, MA, 02360, USA
- Fruits are important for migratory bird nutrition, and birds disperse seeds.
- Bird-fruit interactions may be altered by climate change and invasive plants.
- Invasive plants fruit later than native plants and are more abundant in late-autumn.
- Birds consume more native fruits throughout the autumn, even when they are rare.