Richness and Density of Birds in Timber Nothofagus pumilio Forests and their Unproductive Associated Environments
Source: Biodiversity and Conservation, Volume 14, Number 10, September 2005 , pp. 2299-2320(22)
Abstract:Research on forest management impact focuses mainly on timber stands, and leaves out the unproductive forest environments. These stands are spatially mixed with timber forests. The objective was to evaluate richness and density of birds in timber Nothofagus pumilio forests and their unproductive associated environments, and discuss forest management implications. These stands showed significant differences in their forest structure, which generate a great variety of ecological environments. A total of 1881 individuals belonging to 30 bird species were observed during the sampling, in spring and summer seasons. These species were mainly migratory and insectivores, Passeriforms being the most important group. From 12 to 17 birds/ha were found, which varied with the forest environments and seasons. Timber stands of Nothofagus pumilio support a low number of bird species. Most of them are opportunistic and a few prefer these woods over other forested or afforested areas. Low bird density and richness characterize these austral forests, which share their diversity with a high variety of ecosystems along Patagonia. Timber N. pumilio forests has a marginal value for bird species conservation, considering its richness, density and the percentage of this forest in the total forested landscape of Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (CONICET), CADIC, cc 92, 9410, Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina, Email: email@example.com 2: Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (CONICET), CADIC, cc 92, 9410, Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina, 3: Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina, 4: Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida (CONICET), Argentina,
Publication date: September 2005