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Urban Ecosystems

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 201–212 | Cite as

Relationships between urban parks and bird diversity in the Bangkok metropolitan area, Thailand

  • Rattanawat ChaiyaratEmail author
  • Orawee Wutthithai
  • Paramita Punwong
  • Wut Taksintam
Article

Abstract

An analysis of the birds in Bangkok’s urban parks and landscapes provided guidance in designing healthy urban ecosystems. This research studied the relationships between bird diversity, park size, distance to the nearest main park, and habitat compositions in 10 urban parks in the Bangkok metropolitan area between January and August in 2013. Thirty sampling points per park were used to observe the number and species of birds in each urban park. A total of 50 bird species were found. Phutthamonthon, the largest urban park (400 ha), contained the greatest number of species (39 species), followed by Suan Luang Rama IX (80 ha and 34 species) and Wachirabenchatat (60 ha and 29 species). Moreover, the diversity index (H′) was highest in Phuttamonthon (1.17), followed by Thawiwanarom (1.08), and Wachirabenchatat (1.04). Larger urban parks and parks closer to the largest urban park had higher species richness than smaller parks and parks further from the largest urban park. The large parks contain higher habitat compositions than small parks. These findings can be applied to future urban ecosystem planning to combine the importance of park size (island size, and its proximity to a large park) and its arrangement, including features such as wetland, forest, buildings and grassland; and provide basic advice for future urban park design, as well as re-design of current urban parks.

Keywords

Biodiversity Green space Urban ecosystems Bird community Bangkok 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and Public Park Office, Department of Environment, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for providing support, useful data and accommodation during our field study. Our appreciation and thanks to Dr. Thomas N. Stewart, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand, for English editing and friendship. This study is financially supported by the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rattanawat Chaiyarat
    • 1
    Email author
  • Orawee Wutthithai
    • 1
  • Paramita Punwong
    • 1
  • Wut Taksintam
    • 2
  1. 1.Wildlife and Plant Research Centre, Faculty of Environment and Resource StudiesMahidol UniversityNakhon PathomThailand
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand

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