On the Bird Fauna of Kambule, Mongu, Northern Rhodesia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1942
Authors:Winterbottom, JM
Journal:Journal of Animal Ecology
Date Published:1942
ISBN Number:00218790
Keywords:Columba, Columba palumbus, Columbidae, Pycnonotidae, Pycnonotus, Pycnonotus aurigaster, Pycnonotus goiavier, Pycnonotus tricolor, Pycnonotus xanthopygos, Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Abstract:A direct count of the birds of 240 acres of the Barotse National School station in June 1940, gave an average of 62 birds per 100 acres, but the value of this technique is open to question. The results of sample counts and daily lists over 1100 acres of the same station are given and the most conspicuous species is the yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus tricolor). Considerable fluctuations in a number of common species are shown by the figures. The bird fauna of Mongu is compared with that of Fort Jameson and Mazabuka and the marked differences in composition are noted. As compared with temperate America, the bird population of even these relatively `severe' African environments contains a greater percentage of very common and of rare species and a lower percentage of moderately common species.
Short Title:Journal of Animal Ecology
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