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An assessment of the availability of cavities for secondary cavity-nesting birds in certified and conventionally-logged Neotropical rainforests

Alejandro A Schaaf (1)   , Ever Tallei (1-2), Román A Ruggera (1-2), Constanza G Vivanco (1-2), Luis Rivera (1-2), Natalia Politi (1-2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 13, Issue 4, Pages 318-322 (2020)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3220-013
Published: Jul 28, 2020 - Copyright © 2020 SISEF

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The high level of forest intervention and the decrease in biodiversity as a result of logging are incentives to implement forest certification schemes. Despite the advances in the results of the impact of forest certification on biodiversity, there are few studies on species with specific habits, such as cavity-nesting birds. The objective of this study is to compare the impact of forest certification and conventional logging on the richness, availability (density) and dominance of potentially suitable cavity trees for secondary cavity-nesting birds in the subtropical forests of northwestern Argentina. Seven sites were selected: three control sites which were not logged for at least 40 years, one site under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, and three sites with conventional logging. The results suggest that logged forests under FSC-certification may guarantee a diversity, availability (density) and dominance of potentially suitable cavity trees for secondary cavity-nesting birds, as well as certain characteristics (such as DBH > 40 cm), similar to unlogged forests for this group of birds. Therefore, we suggest that the forests of northwestern Argentina should be managed by a scheme under forest certification so that the high levels of cavity tree species are maintained.


Argentina, Birds, Cavity Trees, Certification Forest, Forest Stewardship Council, South-America, Subtropical Forests

Authors’ address

Alejandro A Schaaf 0000-0002-3968-5452
Ever Tallei 0000-0002-5531-6753
Román A Ruggera 0000-0001-7870-4567
Constanza G Vivanco
Luis Rivera
Natalia Politi
Instituto de Ecorregiones Andinas (INECOA), Universidad Nacional de Jujuy - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Av. Bolivia 1239, 4600 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy (Argentina)
Ever Tallei 0000-0002-5531-6753
Román A Ruggera 0000-0001-7870-4567
Constanza G Vivanco
Luis Rivera
Natalia Politi
Fundación CEBio, Roca 44, 4600 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy (Argentina)

Corresponding author

Alejandro A Schaaf


Schaaf AA, Tallei E, Ruggera RA, Vivanco CG, Rivera L, Politi N (2020). An assessment of the availability of cavities for secondary cavity-nesting birds in certified and conventionally-logged Neotropical rainforests. iForest 13: 318-322. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3220-013

Academic Editor

Anna Loy

Paper history

Received: Aug 26, 2019
Accepted: May 21, 2020

First online: Jul 28, 2020
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2020
Publication Time: 2.27 months

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