A Brief Survey on the Birds in Belukar Bukit, Kenyir, Terengganu, Malaysia
There is lack of published data on avifauna in Kenyir to verify and update the bird species present in the area. Bird surveys were conducted in three sampling occasions: 15–21 May 2015, 25 September – 2 October 2015 and 31 March – 5 April 2016 at Belukar Bukit, Kenyir. The objective of the survey was to compare the bird species diversity in three occasions in relation to the forest phenology. A total of 118 birds were sampled representing 60 species from 25 families from the three sampling occasions. Pycnonotidae (14%) is the most diverse family followed by Nectariniidae (17%) and Timaliidae (7%). Among the 60 species recorded, 35 species were recorded in the first occassion, followed by 10 species from the second occasion and 19 species from the third occassion. The flowering season in May 2015 and the fruiting season from end of September to early October 2015 might be one of the factors that influence the bird diversity in three different occasions. Therefore a long-term survey using various sampling methods need to be conducted to update the bird checklist of Belukar Bukit, Kenyir.
KeywordsBirds Speciesdiversity Forestphenology Tasik Kenyir
We would like to thank Kenyir Research Institute for providing us with the field equipments, accommodation, aid in logistic, and administrative supports. We would also like to thank Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for the transportation provided during the field. Special thanks to Muhd Tarmizi Abdullah for the assistance during the survey. We acknowledged financial support from the Trans-disciplinary Grant Scheme (TRGS/2014/59373), Geran Galakan Penyelidikan , UMT (GGP/68007/2014/127), and Niche Research Grant Scheme (NRGS/2015/5313/2) led by M. T. Abdullah.
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