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Abstract

Nesting sites of birds and spiders in the semi-arid zone of Rajasthan, India.

Abstract

This paper presents the results of field studies conducted in Rajasthan, India, to evaluates the influence of the invasive Prosopis juliflora-P. pallida complex on the bird and insect life, through assessment of their nesting preference for P. juliflora and P. cineraria. It was shown that the P. juliflora-P. pallida complex had negative impacts on native plant communities and bird and arthropod life. The ability of P. juliflora to disperse at a rapid rate and outcompete the native P. cineraria was highly detrimental to biodiversity in the study area.