${session.getAttribute("locale")} 5 Tests of predictions associated with temporal changes in Australian bird populations Mon 09 May 2022 15:11:07 AEST ]]> Evaluating the effectiveness of overstory cover as a surrogate for bird community diversity and population trends 1000 km) in Australia. We then identified twelve bird species with long-term time-series data to test the relationship between change in overstory cover and populations trends. We found percentage cover performed consistently as a surrogate for species richness in three of the four sites. However, there was no clear pattern in the performance of change in percentage cover as a surrogate for population trends. Four bird species exhibited a significant relationship with change in percentage overstory cover in one study, but this was not found across multiple studies. These results demonstrate a lack of consistency in the relationship between change in overstory cover and population trends among bird species, both within and between geographic regions. Our study demonstrates that biodiversity surrogates representing community-level metrics may be consistent across regions, but provide only limited information about individual species population trends. Understanding the limitations of the information provided by a biodiversity surrogate can inform the appropriate context for its application. Crown Copyright © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]]> Mon 04 Apr 2022 14:19:11 AEST ]]>