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Avifaunal assemblage in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

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Vic Moses Fabre Tagupa, Edgar Tancongco Besoro, Tyril Daniel Licayan Bacas, Ryan Jay Gadiane Labiao, Astrid Lara Sinco, Ester Lara Raagas

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 5), 169-178, November 2017


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The threats to the Philippine avifauna have been increasing through the years despite the fact that the country has a rich and diverse bird life. Habitat destruction has affected 97% of threatened birds in the country especially in Barangay Lumbia which is under the pressure of rapid urban development. Moreover, avifauna diversity in Northern Mindanao is still poorly known. To determine the species richness, diversity, endemism and conservation status of birds, this study was conducted from September to December 2016 in three sampling sites of Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City. Mist-netting technique was used in the sampling sites of the barangay. Conservation status, endemism and biodiversity indices of birds were determined. Twenty seven species of birds belonging to 20 families and 27 genera with percentage endemism of 41% were documented. Endemicity of birds was relatively high despite the high influx of human settlements and the threat of habitat loss. All the documented species were under the Least Concern status. High species of diversity of birds (H’ = 2.92) with almost even distribution was also recorded. The high diversity is attributed to the occurrence of rich vegetation and mini forest. Conversion of forest areas into urban and agricultural areas was observed as the major threats thus implying the need for protection and conservation of birds in the area.


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Avifaunal assemblage in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

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