Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 4 Issue: 1

Abundance and Temporal Patterns in Wetland Birds in and Around Lake Zeway, Ethiopia

Girma Mengesha1*, Chris S Elphick2, Christopher R Field2, Afework Bekele3 and Yosef Mamo4
1School of Wildlife and Ecotourism, Hawassa University, PO Box 5/128, Shashemene, Ethiopia
2Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Connecticut, 75 North Eagleville Rd. U-3043, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
3Addis Ababa University, Department of Zoological Sciences, PO Box 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
4Hawassa University, PO Box 15, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Corresponding author : Girma Mengesha
School of Wildlife and Ecotourism, Hawassa University, PO Box 5/128, Shashemene, Ethiopia
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Received: August 21, 2014 Accepted: November 27, 2014 Published: December 01, 2014
Citation: Mengesha G, Elphick CS, Field CR, Bekele A, Mamo Y (2015) Abundance and Temporal Patterns in Wetland Birds in and Around Lake Zeway, Ethiopia. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 4:1. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000135

Abstract

Abundance and Temporal Patterns in Wetland Birds in and Around Lake Zeway, Ethiopia

The aim of the study was to describe the abundance and temporal patterns of wetland bird species in and around Lake Zeway, an Important Bird Area and potential Ramsar site in Ethiopia. Nine years of wetland bird data of the area, collected by the African Waterbird Census, were used for the study. Surveys were made to examine the bird abundance, diversity and temporal patterns. We recorded 129 wetland bird species from 23 families; including two globally vulnerable and 6 near threatened species. The results revealed no clear trend or pattern in the abundance of the birds.
 

Keywords: Abundance; Feeding guilds; Lake Zeway; Trends; Wetland; Bird population

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