Forest pest control by common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus L.) near Antalya, Turkey

Erdogan A., Kacar M., Turan L., Kiziroglu I., Oz M.

JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE, vol.78, no.4, pp.243-245, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10340-005-0102-9
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.243-245


This research was conducted in two Mediterranean forest study plots (Buk-Lutfi Buyukyildirim BL and Elmali Cedarforest EZ) near Antalya, Turkey, between 2000 and 2002. Adult redstarts fed their nestlings exclusively with insects (79.5%). Three hundred and thirty seven prey items were identified of which 34.4% were Coleoptera, 17.2% Lepidoptera, 11.6% Diplopoda, 9.8% Diptera, 8.0 % Hymenoptera, 5% Heteroptera, 4.7% Arachnida, 2.7% Orthoptera, 1.8% Myriapoda, 1.2% zu Sedantaria, 0.6% each scorpions, Homoptera, and Dermaptera, and 0.3% each Chilopoda, Neuroptera, and earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris). Fourteen different forest pest species were identified of which seven species were Lepidoptera, four Coleoptera, two Hymenoptera and one Orthoptera.