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MGS-Robertson 1974 (Excerpt)

The Southern Florida Avifauna


William B. Robertson, Jr. and James A. Kushlan

Reprinted from Memoir 2: Environments of South Florida: Present and Past, November, 1974.


In this paper we consider primarily the breeding avifauna of southern Florida; its history as interpreted from fossils, late Pleistocene geological events and existing distribution patterns; and, evidence, in the form of recent range changes, that suggests continuing adjustment to changing environmental conditions. We also review the available quantitative data on bird populations; discuss the ecology of birds inhabiting the interior wetlands in relation to the annual cycle of flooding and drying; and, examine briefly the effects upon bird populations of several natural and man-caused disturbances.

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