Habitat segregation among the woodchat shrike, Lanius senator, the red-backed shrike, Lanius collurio, and the masked shrike, Lanius nubicus, in NE Greece

Csaba Moskát, Tibor István Fuisz

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We studied habitat selection of the woodchat Lanius senator, red-backed Lanius collurio, and masked Lanius nubicus shrikes in NE Greece, where they occur sympatrically. During the breeding season the masked shrike is most distinct, but woodchat and red-backed shrikes highly overlap in their habitat use. Multivariate discriminant analysis revealed the best separating variables from a set of 13 vegetation variables measured around perch sites. For axis one the best separating variables were identified as the woodland character, and the shrub character for axis two. By the help of the multivariate discriminant analysis the habitat selection in these avian species can be separated with high probability (64%, 64%, and 86% for the woodchat, red-backed and masked shrikes, respectively).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalFolia Zoologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002



  • Habitat selection
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Shrikes
  • Sympatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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