Caucasian Black Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) breeding display sites selection in Arasbaran Region, East Azerbaijan, Iran

Caucasian Black Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) breeding display sites selection in Arasbaran... Micro-habitat characteristics of breeding display Sites (Leks) of Caucasian Black Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) were studied in the mountains of Arasbaran Region, East Azerbaijan, from October 2006 to June 2008. We quantified micro-habitat characteristics around active and inactive Caucasian black grouse lek sites and random points in the 3 areas (Biosphere reserve, Kalan protected area (one of core zones of Arasbaran biosphere reserve) and unprotected areas)). Our objective was to compare micro-habitat characteristics among these sites. We also developed a logistic regression model to identify micro-habitat factors have important effect in the active lek sites. In the micro-habitat scale, we measured both biotic factors (canopy cover (%), height (cm) and frequency of vegetations) and abiotic (physical) factors (slope (%), altitude (m), aspect and etc.). Slope and altitude were different significantly between sampling sites (p = 0.05). Mean of slope in the active leks (= 57.9%) and inactive leks (= 52.0%) were higher than random sites (= 40.1%). The mean aspect differed between active leks ( $$ \bar X $$ = 284°, S.D = 54.1°) and random sites ( $$ \bar X $$ = 33°, S.D = 76.18°) (Watson’s U2-test, U 0.05, 22, 27 2 = 0.717). Also, variance analysis (ANOVA) revealed that grasses and forbs cover, frequency of deciduous shrubs and forbs, canopy cover and frequency of deciduous woody plants > 12 cm diameter at breast height were different significantly between sampling sites. The best model for discriminating between active lek and random sites included rock-pavement cover (parameter estimate [B] = 0.286, SE = 0.219), canopy cover of grasses (parameter estimate [B] = 0.880, SE = 0.453), distance to the nearest tree (parameter estimate [B] = −0.047, SE = 0.027). Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Caucasian Black Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) breeding display sites selection in Arasbaran Region, East Azerbaijan, Iran

Loading next page...
SP MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica
Copyright © 2010 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Life Sciences; Environment, general; Ecology
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site


You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial