Gradients in richness and turnover of a forest passerine’s diet prior to breeding: a mixed model approach applied to faecal metabarcoding data

Jack Shutt, James Nicholls, Urmi Trivedi, Malcolm Burgess, Graham Stone, Jarrod Hadfield & Albert Phillimore
Little is known about the dietary richness and variation of generalist insectivorous species, including birds, due primarily to difficulties in prey identification. Using faecal metabarcoding we provide the most comprehensive analysis of a passerine’s diet to date, identifying the relative magnitudes of biogeographic, habitat and temporal trends in the richness and turnover in diet of Cyanistes caeruleus (blue tit) along a 39-site, 2° latitudinal transect in Scotland. Faecal samples were collected during 2014-15 from adult...
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