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Preliminary Analysis on Feeding Habits of Megalurus pryeri in Nanji Wetland, Jiangxi
Author of the article:WU Xingbing1, LI Feng1*, CONG Rijie1, HU Binhua2
Author's Workplace:(1.College of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China; 2.Nanji Wetland National Nature Reserve, Nanchang 330023, China)
Key Words:Megalurus pryeri; feeding habits; Nanji wetland
Abstract:The feeding habits and food composition of marsh grassbird Megalurus pryeri in Nanji Wetland National Nature Reserve (Jiangxi province) were investigated during breeding season (April, 2011) and non-breeding season (November, 2011). The brood behavior of parent birds was observed by using binoculars and cameras in breeding season, and the stomach contents of 7 dead individuals collected from bird banding in non-breeding season were examined also. The results showed that the marsh grassbird mainly eat arthropods including dragonfly insects, spiders, imago or larva of Grhllotapidae (mole crickets) and Lepidoptera insects in breeding season. While the diet was made up of both arthropods (70.24%) and vegetation (29.76%) such as Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Odonata, Lepidoptera insects, spiders and seeds, foliage in non-breeding season. In conclusion, the feeding habits of mash grassbird are different in breeding and non-breeding season, and this difference is due to seasonal changing of food composition in the habitats and that the nestlings need higher protein nutrition food.
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