The Habitat Concept in Ornithology

Theory and Applications
  • William M. Block
  • Leonard A. Brennan
Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 11)


Ornithologists have played a key role in the development of the habitat concept. The conspicuous nature of birds has allowed ornithologists to assemble a vast amount of information relating the distribution and abundance of birds to aspects of the environment (Brown, 1984; Mayr, 1988; Konishi et al., 1989; Morrison et al., 1992). The application of the term “habitat” has been used as a unifying, theoretical concept to explain the diversity of avian life-history patterns (Rotenberry, 1981). However, specific definitions of the term “habitat” are often vague. Definitions have ranged from, for example, how species are associated with broad, landscape-scaled vegetation types, to very detailed descriptions of immediate physical environments used by species (Karr, 1980; Verner et al., 1986; Harris and Kangas, 1988).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William M. Block
    • 1
  • Leonard A. Brennan
    • 2
  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment StationForestry Sciences LaboratoryFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.Department of Wildlife and FisheriesMississippi State UniversityMississippiUSA

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