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Davis, Herlitz A.; Vogel, Peter A.
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Department of Life Sciences
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Effects of forest degradation on bird communities in the Cockpit Country, a limestone karst region of Jamaica [Abstract]
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Proceedings of the Sixth Conference, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences edited by Daniel Coore and Robert J.Lancashire.
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of the West Indies
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2003
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38-39
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Abstract
Various studies have shown Jamiaica's endemic avifauna to be strongly forest dependent, with over 60% of the endemic species absent in open converted areas. However, the influence of forest degradation on the island's bird communities is poorly known. The present study investigated distribution patterns of birds within forested areas of Cockpit Country affected by various levels of disturbance. A total of 140 point counts were conducted during the peak breeding season from March to July in 1998 and 1999. The forest disturbance greatly influenced bird distribution patterns. Several endemic species were dependent on natural forest and became rare or disappeared with increasing habitat degradation. Non-endemic species were generally tolerant of forest disturbance and some reached their highest abundance in the most disturbed sections along the forest periphery. The results demonstrate that forest quality has a significant influence on bird composition within the Cockpit Country, and point out several species as good indicators of habitat quality. These findings have implications for the development of suitable conservation and management plans for the area.....
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