Data from: Study "Movement patterns of seed dispersing spotted nutcrackers (Nucifraga caryocatactes)"

Graf V, Sorensen MC, Mueller T, Neuschulz EL. 2024. Data from: Study "Movement patterns of seed dispersing spotted nutcrackers (Nucifraga caryocatactes)". Movebank Data Repository.
Scatter-hoarding birds provide effective long-distance seed dispersal for plants. Transporting seeds far promotes population spread, colonization of new areas, and connectivity between populations. However, whether seeds transported over long distances are deposited in habitats favorable to plant regeneration has rarely been investigated, mainly due to methodological constraints. To investigate dispersal patterns and distances of Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra) seeds we utilized advances in tracking technology to track the movements of their sole disperser, the spotted nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes). We found routine individual movements between single seed harvesting and seed caching site. Harvesting sites of individual birds overlapped, whereas seed caching sites were separated and located on average 5.3 km away from the harvesting site. Interestingly, most distant caching sites were located at low elevations and in spruce forest, where Swiss stone pine does not naturally occur. This suggests that nutcrackers disperse seeds over long distances but that a large portion of these seeds are cached outside the known pine habitat. Therefore, we conclude that the implications of such long-distance seed dispersal movements for plant populations should be carefully considered in combination with the effects of habitat quality on plant recruitment.
Nucifraga caryocatactes,animal movement,animal tracking,ecosystem services,GPS logger,scatter hoarding,seed dispersal,Spotted Nutcracker,Swiss stone pine
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  title = {Data from: Study "Movement patterns of seed dispersing spotted nutcrackers (Nucifraga caryocatactes)"},
  author = {Graf, V and Sorensen, MC and Mueller, T and Neuschulz, EL},
  year = {2024},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.324},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.324
T1  - Data from: Study "Movement patterns of seed dispersing spotted nutcrackers (Nucifraga caryocatactes)"
AU  - Graf, Valentin
AU  - Sorensen, Marjorie C.
AU  - Mueller, Thomas
AU  - Neuschulz, Elke Lena
Y1  - 2024/03/20
KW  - Nucifraga caryocatactes
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - ecosystem services
KW  - GPS logger
KW  - scatter hoarding
KW  - seed dispersal
KW  - Spotted Nutcracker
KW  - Swiss stone pine
KW  - Nucifraga caryocatactes
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.324
ER  -