Data from: Foraging by an avian ecosystem engineer extensively modifies the litter and soil layer in forest ecosystems

Alex Maisey, Angie Haslem, Steven Leonard & Andrew Bennett
Ecosystem engineers physically modify their environment, thereby altering habitats for other organisms. Increasingly, ‘engineers’ are recognised as an important focus for conservation and ecological restoration because their actions affect a range of ecosystem processes and thereby influence how ecosystems function. The superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae is proposed as an ecosystem engineer in forests of south-eastern Australia due to the volume of soil and litter it turns over when foraging. We measured the seasonal and spatial...

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  • 2020

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  • Dataset


  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
  • La Trobe University