Foraging behaviour of selected avian species on suburban golf courses
This study addresses the following objectives, a) to examine the feeding behaviour of selected avian species on suburban golf courses and b) to predict their pesticide exposure risk based on foraging behaviour and current spray programs. In 2003 and 2004, the proportion of time spent feeding was found to vary over: golf course, habitat type and month. Most species were more frequently observed in natural as opposed to highly maintained areas, and in the morning rather than in the afternoon. Based on the golf courses’ spray data, the target species seem to be at little risk of direct pesticide exposure. Their foraging patterns and preferences preclude them from direct contact to sprayed pesticides.
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