Effects of habitat fragmentation on bird communities of sand forests in southern Mozambique

We investigated the influence of forest fragment size and isolation on the bird assemblages in the species- and endemic-rich sand forests of the Maputaland Centre of Endemism, southern Mozambique. Point-centre surveys were conducted across 12 sand forest patches that varied in size and isolation. Patch size and isolation had little influence on bird species richness, but the number of individuals decreased significantly with increasing isolation. Furthermore, bird abundances were correlated to a combination of the size and isolation of patches. Many forest specialists, in particular large-bodied frugivores, were highly sensitive to reduced patch size and increased distances between patches.

- Maputo


- Inglês

- Nenhuma restrição

- Biodiversidade Florestal;
- Biodiversidade das águas interiores e zonas húmidas

- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias

- Ameaças à Biodiversidade

- Reserva Especial de Maputo