Effects of an ENSO-related fire on birds of a lowland tropical forest in Sumatra

J. Marion Adeney, J. R. Ginsberg, Gareth Russell, M. F. Kinnaird

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Abstract

Comparisons of bird community composition in burned and unburned areas of a lowland tropical rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia indicated the following during the first 5 years after burning: (1) original burn severity strongly affected bird community composition at both the genus and family levels; (2) bird community composition continued to change progressively away from immediate post-burn composition in medium and severely burned forest as well as adjacent unburned forest; and (3) the degree of impact was both taxon and guild specific, with understory insectivores most detrimentally affected. Although species richness may temporarily increase in burned areas, this study suggests that multiple wildfires will lead to a decline in diversity over a large scale as birds of open fields replace interior forest specialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-301
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Conservation
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

Keywords

  • Avifauna
  • Community change
  • Conservation
  • Disturbance
  • El Niño
  • Fire ecology
  • Guilds
  • Indonesia
  • Insectivorous birds
  • Rainforest
  • Southeast Asia
  • Species loss
  • Tropical forests
  • Understory birds
  • Wildlife

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