What is it about?

In this study, we developed a multidimensional index of specialization based on five sets of ecological characteristics of European breeding bird species.

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Why is it important?

Measuring the extent to which a species is specialized is a major challenge in ecology, with important repercussions for fundamental research as well as for applied ecology and conservation.


The methods for constructing and evaluating a multidimensional index of bird specialization could also be applied to other taxa and regions, offering a simple but useful tool, particularly suited for global or biogeographic studies, as a contribution to comparative estimates of the degree of specialization of species.

Professor Federico Morelli
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Applied Geoinformatics and Spatial Planning

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This page is a summary of: Measuring avian specialization, Ecology and Evolution, July 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5419.
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