Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 4
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Wohl, Ellen Bledsoe, Brian P. Fausch, Kurt D. Kramer, Natalie Bestgen, Kevin R. and Gooseff, Michael N. 2016. Management of Large Wood in Streams: An Overview and Proposed Framework for Hazard Evaluation. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 52, Issue. 2, p. 315.

    Kohyama, Tetsuo I Omote, Keita Nishida, Chizuko Takenaka, Takeshi Saito, Keisuke Fujimoto, Satoshi and Masuda, Ryuichi 2015. Spatial and temporal variation at major histocompatibility complex class IIB genes in the endangered Blakiston’s fish owl. Zoological Letters, Vol. 1, Issue. 1,

    Pidgeon, Anna M. Rivera, Luis Martinuzzi, Sebastian Politi, Natalia and Bateman, Brooke 2015. Will representation targets based on area protect critical resources for the conservation of the Tucuman Parrot?. The Condor, Vol. 117, Issue. 4, p. 503.

    Slaght, Jonathan C. Horne, Jon S. Surmach, Sergei G. Gutiérrez, R.J. and Stephens, Phil 2013. Home range and resource selection by animals constrained by linear habitat features: an example of Blakiston's fish owl. Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 50, Issue. 6, p. 1350.


Riparian old-growth forests provide critical nesting and foraging habitat for Blakiston's fish owl Bubo blakistoni in Russia

  • Jonathan C. Slaght (a1), Sergei G. Surmach (a2) and R.J. Gutiérrez (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 06 August 2013

Conservation efforts for Blakiston's fish owl Bubo blakistoni in Russia are limited, partly because habitat use by these rare owls is poorly known. We therefore studied nesting and foraging habitat characteristics of Blakiston's fish owls in Primorye, Russia. We sampled habitat at 14 nest sites, 12 nest stand sites and 13 random sites; we also sampled rivers within 14 fish owl home ranges across our 20,213 km2 study area. We found that large old trees and riparian old-growth forest were the primary characteristics of nest and foraging sites, respectively. Large trees were probably used as nest sites because they have cavities large enough to accommodate these birds. Big trees are also important because they are primary sources of large woody debris in rivers, which enhances suitable habitat for salmon, the owl's primary prey. Based on habitat characteristics, nest sites were correctly distinguished from random sites 74% (Kappa = 0.48) of the time, nest stands from random sites 56% (Kappa = 0.12) of the time, and used sites from available foraging sites 68% (Kappa = 0.36) of the time. The management and conservation of old-growth forests is essential for sustaining this species because they are central to the owls' nesting and foraging behaviour. Moreover, conservation of these forests sustains habitat for many other species.

Corresponding author
(Corresponding author) E-mail
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

J.P. Brandt , H.F. Cerezke , K.I. Mallett , W.J.A. Volney & J.D. Weber (2003) Factors affecting trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) health in the boreal forest of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 178, 287300.

J.B. Buchanan , L.L. Irwin & E.L. McCutchen (1995) Within-stand nest site selection by spotted owls in the eastern Cascades. Journal of Wildlife Management, 59, 301310.

R.A. Fisher (1936) The use of multiple measurements in taxonomic problems. Annals of Eugenics, 7, 179188.

J.S. Horne , E.O. Garton & J.L. Rachlow (2008) A synoptic model of animal space use: simultaneous estimation of home range, habitat selection, and inter/intra-specific relationships. Ecological Modelling, 214, 338348.

A. Huusko , L. Greenberg , M. Stickler , T. Linnansaari , M. Nykanen , T. Vehanen (2007) Life in the ice lane: the winter ecology of stream salmonids. River Research and Applications, 23, 469491.

D.H. Johnson (1980) The comparison of usage and availability measurements for evaluating resource preference. Ecology, 61, 6571.

W.S. LaHaye & R.J. Gutiérrez (1999) Nest sites and nesting habitat of the northern spotted owl in northwestern California. Condor, 101, 324330.

M. Luck , N. Maumenee , D. Whited , J. Lucotch , S. Chilcote , M. Lorang (2010) Remote sensing analysis of physical complexity of North Pacific Rim rivers to assist wild salmon conservation. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 35, 13301343.

K. McGarigal , S. Cushman & S. Stafford (2000) Multivariate Statistics for Wildlife and Ecology Research. Springer, New York, USA.

G.P. Quinn & M.J. Keough (2002) Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists. Cambridge University Press, New York, USA.

J.C. Slaght & S.G. Surmach (2008) Biology and conservation of Blakiston's fish owls in Russia: a review of the primary literature and assessment of the secondary literature. Journal of Raptor Research, 42, 2937.

K. Titus , J.A. Mosher & B.K. Williams (1984) Chance-corrected classification for use in discriminant analysis: ecological applications. American Midland Naturalist, 111, 17.

W.N. Venables & B.D. Ripley (2002) Modern Applied Statistics with S, 4th edition. Springer, New York, USA.

C. Weihs , U. Ligges , K. Luebke & N. Raabe (2005) klaR Analyzing German Business Cycles. In Data Analysis and Decision Support (eds D. Baier, R. Decker & L. Schmidt-Thieme), pp. 335343. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

B.K. Williams & K. Titus (1988) Assessment of sampling stability in ecological applications of discriminant analysis. Ecology, 69, 12751285.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

  • ISSN: 0030-6053
  • EISSN: 1365-3008
  • URL: /core/journals/oryx
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *