The influence of habitat structure on bird species composition in lowland Malaysian rain forests

Mohammad Saiful Mansor, Shahrul Anuar Mohd Sah

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Abstract

Bird surveys were conducted in the Bukit Kepala Gajah limestone area in Lenggong, Perak from July 2010 to January 2011. The study area was divided into three zones: forest edge, forest intermediate and forest interior. A point-count distance sampling method was used in the bird surveys. The study recorded 7789 detections, representing 100 bird species belonging to 28 families. Pycnonotidae, Timaliidae and Nectariniidae were the dominant families overall and showed the highest number of observations recorded in the study area whereas Motacillidae showed the fewest observations. The bird species were grouped into three feeding guilds: insectivores, frugivores and others (omnivores, carnivores, nectarivores and granivores). The species richness of insectivorous birds differed significantly among the forest zones sampled (Kruskal-Wallis: α=0.05, H=10.979, d.f.=2, p=0.004), with more insectivorous birds occurring in the forest interior. No significant differences were found among the zones in the species richness of either the frugivore guild or the composite others guild.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalTropical Life Sciences Research
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Birds
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lowlands
species diversity
birds
habitats
Chemical analysis
frugivores
nectar feeding
insectivores
Calcium Carbonate
omnivores
edge effects
carnivores
limestone
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Sampling

Keywords

  • Feeding guilds
  • Forest edge
  • Insectivorous birds
  • Limestone habitat
  • Malaysia
  • Tropical forest

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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The influence of habitat structure on bird species composition in lowland Malaysian rain forests. / Mansor, Mohammad Saiful; Sah, Shahrul Anuar Mohd.

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