Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 313–336

Spatial distribution and habitat of the Anavilhanas Archipelago bird community in the Brazilian Amazon

  • Renato Cintra
  • Tânia M. Sanaiotti
  • Mario Cohn-Haft


This study is the first to present a quantitative survey of bird species occurring in the archipelago of Anavilhanas, located in the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon and is part of the Anavilhanas Ecological Station. We asked whether bird community composition is similar among the islands, and between islands and areas dominated by the surrounding upland terra firme forest on the left (east) margin of the Rio Negro. The surveys were conducted in November and December of 1988, using two complementary methods with mist nets and boat transects. A total of 232 bird species was found for Anavilhanas including a survey done in 1998. The families Tyrannidae and Thamnophilidae showed the highest number of species (16.4% and 9.0% of the total respectively). Some species not well known or having limited distributions are relatively frequently encountered in the archipelago, such as Spizastur melanoleucus, Mitu tomentosa, Phaethornis rupurumii, Xiphorhynchus kienerii, Thamnophilus nigrocinereus, Myrmotherula klagesi, Myrmoborus lugubris, Pipra filicauda, and Cephalopterus ornatus. Hybrid Multidimensional Scaling (HMDS) ordination analysis indicated that the bird community composition is similar among islands. However, the bird community composition on the islands was significantly different from that in sites of terra firme forest at Rio Negro margins. Anavilhanas is a unique ecological system in the Amazon and has it own avifauna.


Amazonia Anavilhanas Archipelago Bird community Black water Brazil Rio Negro River islands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renato Cintra
    • 1
  • Tânia M. Sanaiotti
    • 1
  • Mario Cohn-Haft
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPACoordenação de Pesquisa em EcologiaManausBrazil

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