Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Urban Environments

  • Enrique Murgui
  • Marcus Hedblom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marcus Hedblom, Enrique Murgui
      Pages 3-10
  3. General Patterns and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Christopher A. Lepczyk, Frank A. La Sorte, Myla F. J. Aronson, Mark A. Goddard, Ian MacGregor-Fors, Charles H. Nilon et al.
      Pages 13-33
    3. Daniel Sol, Cesar González-Lagos, Oriol Lapiedra, Mario Díaz
      Pages 75-89
    4. Constantino Macías Garcia, Monserrat Suárez-Rodríguez, Isabel López-Rull
      Pages 91-112
  4. Spatio-temporal Scale and Methodological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Jennifer Litteral, Eyal Shochat
      Pages 135-159
    3. Mason Fidino, Seth B. Magle
      Pages 161-184
  5. Anthropogenic Factors

  6. Urban Bird Habitats: Conservation and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Craig T. Symes, Kathryn Roller, Caroline Howes, Geoffrey Lockwood, Berndt J. van Rensburg
      Pages 309-341
    3. Grant Daniels, Jamie Kirkpatrick
      Pages 343-370
    4. Peter J. Meffert
      Pages 399-411
    5. Sergi Herrando, Lluís Brotons, Marc Anton, Martí Franch, Javier Quesada, Xavier Ferrer
      Pages 449-463
    6. Erik Heyman, Bengt Gunnarsson, Lukas Dovydavicius
      Pages 465-488
  7. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Enrique Murgui, Marcus Hedblom
      Pages 491-507
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 509-525

About this book


This book provides syntheses of ecological theories and overarching patterns of urban bird ecology that have only recently become available. The numerous habitats represented in this book ranges from rows of trees in wooded alleys, to wastelands and remnants of natural habitats encapsulated in the urban matrix. Authored by leading scientists in this emergent field, the chapters explore how the characteristics of the habitat in urban environments influence bird communities and populations at multiple levels of ecological organization and at different spatial and temporal scales, and how this information should be incorporated in urban planning to achieve an effective conservation of bird fauna in urban environments. 

Birds are among the most conspicuous and fascinating residents of urban neighborhoods and provide urban citizens with everyday wildlife contact all over the world. However, present urbanization trends are rapidly depleting their habitats, and thus knowledge of urban bird ecology is urgently needed if birds are to thrive in cities. 

The book is unique in its inclusion of examples from all continents (except Antarctica) in an effort to arrive at a more holistic perspective. Among other issues, the individual chapters address the censusing of birds in urban green spaces; the relationship between bird communities and the structure of urban green spaces; the role of exotic plant species as food sources for urban bird fauna; the influence of artificial light and pollutants on bird fauna; trends in long-term urban bird research, and transdisciplinary studies on bird sounds and their effects on humans. Several chapters investigate how our current knowledge of the ecology of urban bird fauna should be applied in order to achieve better management of urban habitats so as to achieve conservation of species or even increase species diversity. The book also provides a forward-looking summary on potential research directions. As such, it provides a valuable resource for urban ecologists, urban ecology students, landscape architects, city planners, decision makers and anyone with an interest in urban ornithology and bird conservation. Moreover, it provides a comprehensive overview for researchers in the fields of ecology and conservation of urban bird fauna. 


Bird Conservation Cities Ornithology Urban Ecology Urban Habitats Urban Planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Enrique Murgui
    • 1
  • Marcus Hedblom
    • 2
  1. 1.G.V. Marqués del TuriaGrupo para el Estudio de las AvesValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Forest Resource ManagementSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

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