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Influence of landscape matrix on urban bird abundance: evidence from Malaysian citizen science data


Chong, Leong Puan and Kok, Long Yeong and Kang, Woei Ong and Ahmad Fauzi, Muhd Izzat and Yahya, Muhammad Syafiq and Swee, Seng Khoo (2019) Influence of landscape matrix on urban bird abundance: evidence from Malaysian citizen science data. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 12. pp. 369-375. ISSN 2287-9544; ESSN: 2287-884X


Large cities in the tropics often comprise a myriad of manmade and natural elements that influence wildlife composition. Based on a citizen science–based project conducted in 2015, this study examined the combined effects of landscape factors on the bird assemblages in Kuala Lumpur and its conurbation, Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 48 species including 2,599 individual birds were recorded; the majority of which (>80%) were species of open habitat. Generalized linear mixed model indicated that the area of green cover had the strongest influence on number of individuals. Specifically, the abundance of individuals was increased by the presence of river corridors and roadside reserves. Areas located further away from water bodies and with less green cover had fewer birds. Our findings highlight the importance of incorporating a varied landscape matrix into urban planning so as to maintain urban bird diversity and demonstrate the usefulness of citizen science in biodiversity monitoring.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Bioscience
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japb.2019.03.008
Publisher: Korean Biodiversity Information Facility
Keywords: Generalized linear mixed model; Green cover; Kuala Lumpur; Urbanization; Urban bird habitat
Depositing User: Azhar Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 17:45
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 17:45
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/80257
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