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Issue:ISSN 1000-7083
          CN 51-1193/Q
Director:Sichuan Association for Science and Technology
Sponsored by:Sichuan Society of Zoologists; Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation; Sichuan Association of Wildlife Conservation; Sichuan University
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Influence of Highway Construction on Avian Community
Author of the article:LI Bin1, MA Wu-chang2, CHEN Jian-rong3, XUE Wei1, ZHANG Ke1, LUAN Xiao-feng1*
Author's Workplace:( 1. School of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China; 2. China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Beijing 100029, China; 3. Shaoguan College, Shaoguan, Guangdong Province 512005, China)
Key Words:highway; avian; construction; road-effect zone; community structure

In this study, we surveyed the avian community of road-effect zone in Shaogan expressway (Guangdong province) by line transect methods during construction period. The results were compared with the pre-construction survey. The effects of highway construction on avian community were discussed and conservation recommendations were proposed based on the results. The main results are as follow: (1) A total of 55 species was recorded, which belong to 28 families10 orders. There are 45 species of breeding birds (81.8%) and 10 species of non-breeding birds (18.2%). 13 species are especially worthy to be protected, among which 1 species named yellow-bellied tragopan (Tragopan caboti) is first-grade state protected species. (2) The avian community of study area has significant seasonal variation without a remarkable influence of highway construction. (3) Certain bird species especially sole-habitat and sole-feeding habits species have been found avoiding road-effect zone, due to the habitat destruction. (4) The leave-effect produced many ecological niche vacancies, which promote new bird species to inhabit this area. Based on these conclusions, four suggestions were proposed: 1) Bird habitat recovery and bird attraction should be carried out in interchange overpass areas; 2) Areas used by highway facilities should be restricted, and their locations should avoid major bird habitat; 3) The operation time and construction schedule should be reasonable arranged; 4) Continuous monitor system should be established for further study in this field.

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