The mapping of the Corvidae nests in urban landscapes

Latest version published by Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO) on Jan 14, 2024 Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO)
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14 January 2024
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The dataset consists of records of nests of birds from Corvidae family that were registered in Kyiv and Poltava cities and their vicinities.

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Dupak V, Telizhenko V (2024). The mapping of the Corvidae nests in urban landscapes. Version 1.1. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Occurrence dataset.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2e90673a-c144-470d-85c0-0e77c5bcaed7.  Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


Occurrence; birds; avifauna; nests; nesting places; Ukraine; Poltava; Kyiv; Corvidae; crows; Observation


Valeriia Dupak
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
PhD student
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv
Valeriia Telizhenko
  • Originator
PhD student
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv
Oleksii Marushchak
  • Custodian Steward
junior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv

Geographic Coverage

The dataset covers the territory of Poltava and Kyiv administrative regions of Ukraine.

Bounding Coordinates South West [49.566, 30.417], North East [50.458, 34.589]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset consists of records of nests and individuals of birds from Corvidae family.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corvidae

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 2021-03/2023-04

Project Data

“Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime” project aims to contribute to the protection and conservation of biological diversity in Ukraine during and after the war, by collecting, digitalizing and publishing the primary biodiversity data held by Ukrainian scientists and environmentalists in war-affected territories. The project is implemented by Oleksii Marushchak, 2023 Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellow.

Title Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime
Funding “Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime” project is funded by the European Union within its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme.

The personnel involved in the project:

Oleksii Marushchak

Sampling Methods

To find out the characteristics of the distribution of bird nest sites, the survey area was divided into three categories according to different urban landscapes, types of vegetation, and anthropogenic pressure: (І) The areas with high-rise buildings and commercial buildings - 771 ha (46.84% of the studied territory). These areas have high-rise buildings (2 or more floors) with high traffic intensity, often close to the main streets of the city (with continuous and regulated traffic). (ІІ) Areas of private sector - one- and two-storey buildings - 668 ha (40.56 %). This category of sites includes suburbs, away from main roads with heavy and regulated traffic. (ІІІ) Parks and green spaces - 207 ha (12.6 %). This also included cemeteries and the university botanical garden. In the Kyiv city was inspected and mapping nests in the territory of 3,4 km (337 ha) in 2024. The territory in Kyiv included two categories: (І) The areas with high-rise buildings and commercial buildings – 553 ha (ІІІ) Parks and green spaces – 84 ha. We plan to continue the survey in Kiev in 2024 and 2025. The first result based on mapping nest about the peculiarities nesting in the city Poltava and the interaction between crows and magpies are published in 2024, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2023.2300758

Study Extent Studies of the number and the spatial distribution of Corvid birds in cities have been conducted since 2021. At present, 16.5 km (1646 ha) of residential, administrative quarters, parks and green areas in Poltava city have been surveyed. The research was conducted from late March to mid-April in 2021 and 2022 by mapping nests.
Quality Control The authors are fully responsible for the quality of data provided in the dataset.

Method step description:

  1. Conducting field research.
  2. Observation of the nesting area for determining the species composition in it.
  3. Species identification.
  4. Georeferencing.
  5. Organizing of the dataset according to the Darwin Core standards.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 2e90673a-c144-470d-85c0-0e77c5bcaed7