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No. 321
September 2011


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Alarming Number of Suburban Catbirds Fall Prey to Domestic Cats


Adapted from Smithsonianscience.org

There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end. Smithsonian scientists report fledgling catbirds in suburban habitats are at their most vulnerable stage of life, with almost 80 percent killed by predators before they reach adulthood. Almost half of the deaths were connected to domestic cats.

Urban areas cover more than 100 million acres within the continental the United States and are spreading, with an increase of 48 percent from 1982 to 2003. Although urbanization affects wildlife, ecologists know relatively little about its effect on the productivity and survival of breeding birds. To learn more, a team of scientists at the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center studied the gray catbird (Dumatella carolinensis) in three suburban Maryland areas.

The team found that factors such as brood size, sex or hatching date played no significant role in a fledgling's survival. The main determining factor was predation, which accounted for 79 percent of juvenile catbird deaths within the team's three suburban study sites. Nearly half (47 percent) of the deaths were attributed to domestic cats in two study sites. The deaths were either witnessed by the scientists or determined to be cat-related by the condition of the fledgling's remains, such as a decapitated bird with the body left uneaten - defining characters of a cat kill.

"The predation by cats on fledgling catbirds made these suburban areas ecological traps for nesting birds," said Peter Marra, Smithsonian research scientist. "The habitats looked suitable for breeding birds with lots of shrubs for nesting and areas for feeding, but the presence of cats, a relatively recent phenomenon, isn't a cue birds use when deciding where to nest."

Technology made tracking the fledgling catbirds possible. The team fitted 69 fledglings with small radio-transmitters. Scientists tracked each individual and recorded its location every other day until they died or left the study area. The vast majority of young catbird deaths occurred in the first week after a bird fledged from the nest. This was not surprising to the team, given that fledglings beg loudly for food and are not yet alert to predators - making fledglings in suburban environments particularly prone to visual predators such as domestic cats. Domestic cats in suburban areas that are allowed outside spend the majority of time in their own or adjacent yards, so they are likely able to intensely monitor, locate and hunt inexperienced juvenile birds. Rats and crows were also found to be significant suburban threats to fledgling catbirds.

"Cats are natural predators of not just birds but also mammals - killing is what they are meant to do and it's not their fault," said Marra. "Removing both pet and feral cats from outdoor environments is a simple solution to a major problem impacting our native wildlife."

The scientists' findings were published in the Journal of Ornithology.


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Nemésio, A. 2011. Euglossa marianae sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Apidae): a new orchid bee from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and the possible first documented local extinction of a forest-dependent orchid bee. Zootaxa 2892:59-68.

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Pauly, D. 2011. Toward a conservation ethic for the sea: steps in a personal and intellectual odyssey. Bull. Mar. Sci. 87(2):165-175.

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Pérez-Santigosa, N., Florencio, M., Hidalgo-Vila, J., and Díaz-Paniagua, C. 2011. Does the exotic invader turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans, compete for food with coexisting native turtles? Amphibia-Reptilia 32(2):167-175.

Petrolia, D.R., and Interis, M.G. 2011. What environmental economists think every conservation biologist should know: reply to Gowdy et al. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):628-630.

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Pierce, J.E., Larsen, R.T., Flinders, J.T., and Whiting, J.C. 2011. Fragmentation of sagebrush communities: does an increase in habitat edge impact pygmy rabbits? Anim. Conserv. 14(3):314-321.

Pietri, C., Alves, P.C., and Melo-Ferreira, J. 2011. Hares in Corsica: high prevalence of Lepus corsicanus and hybridization with introduced L. europaeus and L. granatensis. Eur. J. Wildlife Res. 57(2):313-321.

Pinsky, M.L., Jensen, O.P., Ricard, D., and Palumbi, S.R. 2011. Unexpected patterns of fisheries collapse in the world's oceans. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108(20):8317-8322.

Pintor, L.M., and Sih, A. 2011. Scale dependent effects of native prey diversity, prey biomass and natural disturbance on the invasion success of an exotic predator. Biol. Invasions 13(6):1357-1366.

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Polo-Cavia, N., López, P., and Martín, J. 2011. Aggressive interactions during feeding between native and invasive freshwater turtles. Biol. Invasions 13(6):1387-1396.

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Reed, S.E., and Merenlender, A.M. 2011. Effects of management of domestic dogs and recreation on carnivores in protected areas in northern California. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):504-513.

Renison, D., Hensen, I., and Suarez, R. 2011. Landscape structural complexity of high-mountain Polylepis australis forests: a new aspect of restoration goals. Restor. Ecol. 19(3):390-398.

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Rodríguez, A., Alcaide, M., Negro, J.J., and Pilard, P. 2011. Using major histocompatibility complex markers to assign the geographic origin of migratory birds: examples from the threatened lesser kestrel. Anim. Conserv. 14(3):306-313.

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Ruehmann, M.B., Desmond, M.J., and Gould, W.R. 2011. Effects of smooth brome on Brewer's Sparrow nest survival in sagebrush steppe. Condor 113(2):419-428.

Sachanowicz, K., Wower, A., and Buszko, J. 2011. Past and present distribution of the cryptic species Leptidea sinapis and L. reali (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in Poland and its implications for the conservation of these butterflies. Eur. J. Entomol. 108(2):235-242.

Salomon, A.K., Gaichas, S.K., Jensen, O.P., Agostini, V.N., Sloan, N.A., Rice, J., McClanahan, T.R., Ruckelshaus, M.H., Levin, P.S., Dulvy, N.K., and Babcock, E.A. 2011. Bridging the divide between fisheries and marine conservation science. Bull. Mar. Sci. 87(2):251-274.

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Sanderson, E.W., and Huron, A. 2011. Conservation in the city. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):421-423.

Sansevero, J.B.B., Prieto, P.V., de Moraes, L.F.D., and Rodrigues, P.J.F.P. 2011. Natural regeneration in plantations of native trees in lowland Brazilian Atlantic forest: community structure, diversity, and dispersal syndromes. Restor. Ecol. 19(3):379-389.

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Schetter, T.A., and Root, K.V. 2011. Assessing an imperiled oak savanna landscape in northwestern Ohio using Landsat data. Nat. Areas J. 31(2):118-130.

Schlaepfer, M.A., Sax, D.F., and Olden, J.D. 2011. The potential conservation value of non-native species. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):428-437.

Scholz, A.J., Steinback, C., Kruse, S.A., Mertens, M., and Silverman, H. 2011. Incorporation of spatial and economic analyses of human-use data in the design of marine protected areas. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):485-492.

Schuetz, J. 2011. Reproductive declines in an endangered seabird: cause for concern or signs of conservation success? PLoS ONE 6(5):e19489.

Schwalb, A.N., Poos, M.S., and Ackerman, J.D. 2011. Movement of logperch-the obligate host fish for endangered snuffbox mussels: implications for mussel dispersal. Aquat. Sci. 73(2):223-231.

Simões, A.R., Silva, H., and Silveira, P. 2011. The Convolvulaceae of Timor with special reference to East Timor. Blumea 56(1):49-72.

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Sorice, M.G., Haider, W., Conner, J.R., and Ditton, R.B. 2011. Incentive structure of and private landowner participation in an endangered species conservation program. Conserv. Biol. 25(3):587-596.

Spaulding, H.L., and Rieske, L.K. 2011. A glimpse at future forests: predicting the effects of Phytophthora ramorum on oak forests of southern Appalachia. Biol. Invasions 13(6):1367-1375.

Stevens, J.M., and Fehmi, J.S. 2011. Early establishment of a native grass reduces the competitive effect of a non-native grass. Restor. Ecol. 19(3):399-406.

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Ward, J., and Williams, S. 2011. Controlling an invasive shrub, Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC), using directed heating with propane torches. Nat. Areas J. 31(2):156-162.

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