Local extinction in the bird assemblage in the Greater Beijing area from 1877 to 2006

Chouteau Philippe, Jiang Zhigang, Bravery Benjamin D., Cai Jing, Li Zhongqiu, Pedrono Miguel, Pays Olivier. 2012. Local extinction in the bird assemblage in the Greater Beijing area from 1877 to 2006. PloS One, 7 (6):e39859, 9 p.

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Abstract : Recent growth in industrialization and the modernization of agricultural activities, combined with human population growth, has greatly modified China's natural environment, particularly in the vicinity of large cities. We compared avifauna checklists made between 1877 and 1938 with current checklists to determine the extent of local bird extinctions during the last century in the greater Beijing area. Our study shows that of the 411 bird species recorded from 1877-1938, 45 (10.9%) were no longer recorded from 2004-2006. Birds recorded as 'rare' in 1938 were more likely to have disappeared in subsequent years. Migrant status also influenced the probability of local bird extinction with winter migrants being the most affected class. Moreover, larger birds were more likely to have disappeared than smaller ones, potentially explained by differential ecological requirements and anthropogenic exploitation. Although our habitat descriptions and diet classification were not predictors of local bird extinction, the ecological processes driving local bird extinction are discussed in the light of historical changes that have impacted this region since the end of the 1930 s. Our results are of importance to the broader conservation of bird wildlife. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Oiseau, Animal sauvage, espèce en danger, Agriculture, Impact sur l'environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Beijing

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
L20 - Animal ecology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Chouteau Philippe, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Jiang Zhigang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Bravery Benjamin D., Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Cai Jing, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Li Zhongqiu, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Pedrono Miguel, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (MDG)
  • Pays Olivier, Université d'Angers (FRA)

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