Habitat preferences and distributional status of some forest birds in Andaman Islands.
K.Yoganand and Priya Davidar
The habitat preferences of 30 species of forest birds were studied in Baratang Island in the Andamans, India. The relationship between habitat preferences and large-scale patterns, such as biogeographical distribution of each species on the continent of Asia and distributional status within the Andaman Islands was analysed.
The birds fell into five categories, those found predominantly in only one habitat type, evergreen or deciduous forest,and those which used a broader range of habitats, which were classified on the basis of their relative occurrence in each habitat type as semi-evergreen, moist deciduous or generalist species. The habitat preferences of these 30 species showed no association with either the biogeographical distribution or with status, suggesting that large-scale distributional patterns are not related to habitat preferences.
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