Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

Preferencia de las especies de frutas en el yigüirro de montaña (Turdus plebejus)


Leah Bomberger



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Publication Date

August 2004


The Mountain Robin (Turdus plebejus, Turdidae) (in the Monteverde region in Costa Rica) is an opportunistic feeder and an important disperser for many plant species. This study examined fruit preference of the Mountain Robin between three species of plants: Viburnum costaricanum, Chamaedorea costaricana, and Chamaedorea pinnatifrons. A significant preference was found for C. costaricana over C. pinnatifrons (P = 0.040). These results indicate that C. costaricana offers a higher reward and may attract more dispersers than C. pinnatifrons or V. costaricana. El yigüirro de montaña (Turdus plebejus, Turdidae) (en la región de Monteverde en Costa Rica) es un comedor oportunista y un dispersor importante para muchas especies de plantas. Este estudio examinó la preferencia por la fruta del yigüirro de montaña entre tres especies de plantas: Viburnum costaricanum, Chamaedorea costaricana, y Chamaedorea pinnatifrons. Se encontró una preferencia significativa para C. costaricana por encima de C. pinnatifrons (P = 0.040). Estos resultados indican que C. costaricana ofrece una mayor recompensa y puede atraer más dispersores que C. pinnatifrons o V. costaricana.


Birds--Behavior, Aves--Comportamiento, Seeds--Dispersal, Semillas--Dispersion, Monteverde Biological Station (Costa Rica), Estacion Biologica de Monteverde (Costa Rica), Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone--Cerro Plano, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde--Cerro Plano, CIEE Summer 2004, CIEE Verano 2004


Student affiliation : Department of Natural Resources; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Born Digital

Subject: topical

Birds--Behavior; Aves--Comportamiento; Seeds--Dispersal; Semillas--Dispersion; CIEE Summer 2004; CIEE Verano 2004

Subject: geographic

Monteverde Biological Station (Costa Rica); Estacion Biologica de Monteverde (Costa Rica); Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone--Cerro Plano; Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde--Cerro Plano



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Monteverde Institute MVI



Fruit species preference in mountain robins (Turdus plebejus)



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