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Special Issue "Feral Birds and Urbanization"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Birds".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 2657
Special Issue Editor
Interests: biodiversity conservation; bird community; avian diversity; bird behavior; urban ecology; landscape ecology; ecosystem services; evolutionary ecology; agroecology
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Feral birds that escape from domestication are becoming self-sufficient and settling breeding populations in wild and urban areas (e.g., doves, parrots, and European starling). Several studies demonstrated the potential ability of feral birds to establish large populations and compete with native and endemic bird species (e.g., by taking food sources, destroying habitat, and nesting depletion). Thus, it has been postulated that feral birds play an important role in driving biotic homogenization and biodiversity loss in urbanized areas. Moreover, recent epidemiological studies showed that several diseases are broadly distributed among feral birds, threatening human health. Accordingly, there is an increasing interest in deeper and more valuable knowledge of feral birds for applying best management practices in urban areas.
This Special Issue is interested in novel research and review papers focusing on ecological, behavioral, biotic interactions, and physiological assessments of global feral bird species. The interest is also extensible to the effective management strategies to control and mitigate the feral bird populations and their harmful impact on native birds and human health.
Dr. Yanina Benedetti
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- biotic homogenization
- bird behavior
- domestication process
- invasive species
- urban management