Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 2525–2558

Aquatic bird distributions in Mexico: designing conservation approaches quantitatively

  • Patricia Ramírez-Bastida
  • Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza
  • A. Townsend Peterson
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-008-9398-0

Cite this article as:
Ramírez-Bastida, P., Navarro-Sigüenza, A.G. & Peterson, A.T. Biodivers Conserv (2008) 17: 2525. doi:10.1007/s10531-008-9398-0


The aquatic birds of Mexico include both a rich fauna of residents and a significant proportion of migratory species that breed in Canada and the United States, yet their distribution and richness patterns remain poorly known. We developed a detailed database of occurrences, and estimated distributions using niche modeling interpolations for 134 species associated with wetlands. Validations of the resulting maps indicated that the niche-modeling approach yields a useful picture of aquatic bird species distributions in the country. Richness patterns among aquatic birds differ from those for landbirds: species richness is concentrated in coastal areas, but endemism is focused in the Transvolcanic Belt and the Altiplano. Place prioritization exercises identified sets of areas that would maximize the protection of this diversity.


Aquatic birdsConservation areasWetlandsSpecies richnessComplementarityMexico

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Ramírez-Bastida
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza
    • 3
  • A. Townsend Peterson
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Zoología, Edificio L-221, Facultad de Estudios Superiores IztacalaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxicoMéxico
  2. 2.Posgrado en Ciencias BiológicasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxicoMéxico
  3. 3.Museo de Zoología “Alfonso L. Herrera”, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCoyoacanMéxico
  4. 4.Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research CenterThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA