Determining conservation priority areas for Palearctic passerine migrant birds in sub-Saharan Africa

Translated title of the contribution: Determining conservation priority areas for palearctic passerine migrant birds in sub-Saharan Africa

Bruno A. Walther, Lionel H. Pirsig

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Abstract

Migratory bird species breeding in the Palearctic and overwintering in sub-Saharan Africa face multiple conservation challenges. As a result, many of these species have declined in recent decades, some dramatically. We therefore used the best available database for the distribution of 68 passerine migrants in sub-Saharan Africa to determine priority regions for their conservation. After modeling each species’ distribution using BIOMOD software, we entered the resulting species distributions at a 1° × 1° grid resolution into MARXAN software. We then used several different selection procedures that varied the boundary length modifier, species penalty factor, and the inclusion of grid cells with high human footprint and with protected areas. While results differed between selection procedures, four main regions were regularly selected: (1) one centered on southern Mali; (2) one including Eritrea, central Sudan, and northern Ethiopia; (3) one encompassing southwestern Kenya and much of Tanzania and Uganda; and (4) one including much of Zimbabwe and southwestern Zambia. We recommend that these four regions become priority regions for research and conservation efforts for the bird species considered in this study.

Original languageFrench
Article number2
JournalAvian Conservation and Ecology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Area selection
  • BIOMOD
  • Conservation priorities
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • MARXAN
  • Niche modelling
  • Palearctic migrants
  • Passerines
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Determining conservation priority areas for Palearctic passerine migrant birds in sub-Saharan Africa. / Walther, Bruno A.; Pirsig, Lionel H.

In: Avian Conservation and Ecology, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2, 2017.

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