Assessment of Bird Communities in Cagayan de Oro River, Philippines

Asian Journal of Biodiversity

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Title Assessment of Bird Communities in Cagayan de Oro River, Philippines
Creator Paz, Sherryl Lipio; ORCID No. 0000-0002-8465-4997. Department of Biology, Caraga State University, Ampayon, Butuan City
Lubos, Lesley Casas; ORCID No. 0000-0002-8761-3680. Liceo Mindanao Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City
Japos, Genaro Virador; ORCID No. 0000-0001-7627-0988. Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City
Description Birds are excellent natural indicators of many ecosystems. When birds disappear from an area, it normally signals the deteriorating health of the entire ecosystem. The study assessed the Mindanao bird communities in Cagayan de Oro riverbanks. Sampling survey of birds in Cagayan de Oro river was conducted primarily along the riparian habitats located within one kilometer of the river ranging from mixed secondary and agricultural habitats to mangrove habitat in four sampling stations. A total of 73 bird species that belong to 36 families with a total of over 2,505 individuals were recorded from the four stations of Cagayan de Oro River. The presence of 15 endemics, 3 threatened, and three vulnerable birds in the riverbanks of Cagayan River imply the importance of the riparian areas along Cagayan River as habitats for important birds. Alterations of vegetative structure in the riparian areas due to anthropogenic pressures such as quarrying, improper solid waste management, river pollution and conversion of riparian areas to agriculture will be some of the possible threats to the birds in the area. Equally important, adequate regeneration of the disturbed sites in the region must also be prioritized as part of a long-term management strategy.   Keywords - Birds, diversity, habitat, endemic, avian communities, Cagayan de Oro River, Philippines.
Publisher Liceo de Cagayan University
Date 2014-03-14
Source Asian Journal of Biodiversity; Vol 5, No 1 (2014): January
Language en

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