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Ming-Xia Zhang, Myint Kyaw, Guo-Gang Li, Jiang-Bo Zhao, Xiang-Le Zeng, Kyaw Swa, Rui-Chang Quan. Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications. Zoological Research, 2017, 38(5): 264-280. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059
Citation: Ming-Xia Zhang, Myint Kyaw, Guo-Gang Li, Jiang-Bo Zhao, Xiang-Le Zeng, Kyaw Swa, Rui-Chang Quan. Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications. Zoological Research, 2017, 38(5): 264-280. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059

Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059
Funds:  This study was supported by the Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015CASEABRI005, Y4ZK111B01)
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  • Corresponding author: Rui-Chang Quan, quanrc@xtbg.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2017-08-11
  • Rev Recd Date: 2017-09-06
  • Publish Date: 2017-09-18
  • We conducted four bird biodiversity surveys in the Putao area of northern Myanmar from 2015 to 2017. Combined with anecdotal information collected between 2012 and 2015, we recorded 319 bird species, including two species (Arborophila mandellii and Lanius sphenocercus) previously unrecorded in Myanmar. Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae), babblers (Timaliidae), pigeons and doves (Columbidae), and pheasants and partridges (Phasianidae) were the most abundant groups of birds recorded. Species richness below 1 500 m a. s. l. was higher than species richness at higher elevations. Our results suggest that the current protected areas in this region should be expanded to lower elevations to cover critical conservation gaps.
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Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059
Funds:  This study was supported by the Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015CASEABRI005, Y4ZK111B01)
    Corresponding author: Rui-Chang Quan, quanrc@xtbg.ac.cn

Abstract: We conducted four bird biodiversity surveys in the Putao area of northern Myanmar from 2015 to 2017. Combined with anecdotal information collected between 2012 and 2015, we recorded 319 bird species, including two species (Arborophila mandellii and Lanius sphenocercus) previously unrecorded in Myanmar. Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae), babblers (Timaliidae), pigeons and doves (Columbidae), and pheasants and partridges (Phasianidae) were the most abundant groups of birds recorded. Species richness below 1 500 m a. s. l. was higher than species richness at higher elevations. Our results suggest that the current protected areas in this region should be expanded to lower elevations to cover critical conservation gaps.

Ming-Xia Zhang, Myint Kyaw, Guo-Gang Li, Jiang-Bo Zhao, Xiang-Le Zeng, Kyaw Swa, Rui-Chang Quan. Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications. Zoological Research, 2017, 38(5): 264-280. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059
Citation: Ming-Xia Zhang, Myint Kyaw, Guo-Gang Li, Jiang-Bo Zhao, Xiang-Le Zeng, Kyaw Swa, Rui-Chang Quan. Bird diversity in northern Myanmar and conservation implications. Zoological Research, 2017, 38(5): 264-280. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.059
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