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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2014 Vol.33 No.5

Roost Selection by Buff-throated Partridge Females with Chicks during Two Weeks Post Hatch
Author of the article:XU Yu1, 2, 3, WANG Bin2, DOU Liang2, RAN Jianghong2*, LIU Shirong3*, LI Bajin4
Author's Workplace:(1. School of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Pingdingshan University, Pingdingshan, Henan Province 467000, China; 2. Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and Eco-environment of Ministry Education, School of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China; 3. Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China; 4. Gexigou National Nature Reserve, Yajiang, Sichuan Province 627450, China)
Key Words:roost; habitat; chick; selection; Galliformes; conservation
Abstract:Studying roost habitat of young birds is important for determining their adaption to environments and habitat conservation. The Buff-throated Partridge Tetraophasis szechenyii is a galliformes species legally listed as a category species of nationally protected animals in China. By using the radio-tracking and direct sighting, the roost selection by the females with chicks at early brooding period (two week-post-hatch) was investigated. We found that the females with chicks would roost on the ground in the first week (n=3); and they started to roost in trees in the second week when chicks developed some abilities of jumping (n=12). The analysis showed the females and chicks preferred Abies squamata-Larix potaninii var. macrocarpa forests. In microhabitat, they selected sites with good tree cover and large degree of slope. Compared to roosts that subsequently selected by all family members, their roosts were characterized by larger tree cover, but smaller tree diameter at breast height and closer distance to the trail. Based on this study, we suggest that managers should maintain good tree cover in some specific areas and meanwhile protect some small-medium size trees.
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