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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 31, No. 3, 2010, pp. 311-318
Bioline Code: zr10041
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2010, pp. 311-318

 en Composition and Characteristics of Understory Bird Communities in Monsoon Evergreen Broadleaved Forest of Mengyang, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan in the Dry Season
HUANG, Jun-Hui & ZOU, Fa-Sheng

Abstract

Understory birds were sampled by mist nets in monsoon evergreen broadleaved forest of Mengyang, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan from October 2008 to March 2009. A total of 1423 individuals of 90 species representing 28 families and 7 orders were captured. The dominant birds were Sliver-breasted Broadbill ( Serilophus lunatus check for this species in other resources ), Brown-cheeked Fulvatta ( Alcippe poioicephala check for this species in other resources ), White-throated Bulbul ( Alophoixus pallidus check for this species in other resources ), Golden-spectacled Warbler ( Seicercus burkii check for this species in other resources ), White-tailed Robin ( Cinclidium leucurum check for this species in other resources ), Black-breasted Thrush ( Turdus dissimilis check for this species in other resources ), Streak-Breasted Jungle Babbler ( Pellorneum ruficeps check for this species in other resources ), and Buff-breasted Jungle Babbler ( Trichastoma tickelli check for this species in other resources ). Resident birds, the major species of the understory, accounted for 89.3 percent of total captures. The mean capture rate was 9.0 individuals/(100 net-hours). The capture rate differed significantly between months, highest in December 2008 (12.5±1.3 individuals/(100 net·hours), lowest in February 2009 (5.2±0.6 )individuals/(100 net·hours). One important characteristic is more species richness and lower density of birds in Xishuangbanna compared to understory bird composition of South China. Another characteristic is lower babblers' abundance. Sliver-breasted Broadbill, National Key Protection Bird, is one of dominant birds. Thus its habitate conservation needs further concern in Xishuangbanna.

Keywords
Xishuangbanna; Dry season; Understory bird communities; Babblers

 
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