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Spring Diets and Food Nutrients of Sclater's Monal at Mt. Gaoligong, China
Author of the article:LUO Xu1,2, XU Miao-yang1, WU Liang-xu1
Author's Workplace:(1. College of Forestry, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming 650224, China; 2. Provincial Key Laboratory of Forest Disaster Warning and Control, Kunming 650224, China)
Key Words:Lophophorus sclateri; diet; fecal analysis; nutritional composition; Mt. Gaoligong
Abstract:By means of microscoping, we analyzed fecal samples (n=93) of Sclater’s monal Lophophorus sclatericollected from Mt. Gaoligong in spring of 2003, to study the diet component of this rare and threatened pheasant species. Totally, 23 species of plants have been found consumed by Sclater’s monal and 5 categories of fragments in the feces left unknown comparing to our collections. Plant roots, leaves and flowers were found in their diet and each account to 46.90%, 36.63% and 1.45%, respectively, while the other 6.54% are from one species of Bryophytes. From March to May, monthly roots decreasement were replaced by leafs increasement, which we considered to be the consequence of the grassland growth that closely related with the rainy season begins in May. Plants with higher oil and calcium porpotion were preferred aliment according to our correlation analysis, which implied these two nutrients were significant to Sclater’s monal in breeding season.
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