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Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 435–450 | Cite as

Endemic bird species and conservation in the Cerrado Region, South America

  • Jose´ Maria Cardoso Da Silva
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Abstract

A general overview of the largest South American savanna region, the Cerrado Region, is presented. Using simple approaches, I analyse the distribution of the bird species endemic to this region in order to test the hypothesis that areas harbouring local aggregates of restricted-range endemics have remained stable during the successive Quaternary climatic-vegetational changes. This hypothesis seems not to be generally valid for birds of the Cerrado Region, as restricted-range endemic species exist both in areas that remained ‘stable’ (Central Goia´s Plateau) and areas that remain ‘unstable’ (Araguaya and Parana~ River valleys, Espinhac¸o Plateau) during the Late Pleistocene. I also discuss some aspects of the conservation in the Cerrado Region, and suggest that the dry forests of the River Parana~ Valley, Goia´s, must be considered the area with the highest priority for the creation of new reserves in the Cerrado Region.

savannas neotropical region South America birds biogeography. 

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  • Jose´ Maria Cardoso Da Silva
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  1. 1.Departamento de ZoologiaMuseu Paraense Emilio GoeldiBelem PABrazil

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