Global diversity of freshwater birds (Aves)

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 198)


Among the 10,000 birds species living on earth, 5% (e.g., 560) need imperatively freshwater habitat in order to satisfy at least one of their life history traits. About 11 completed families could even disappear if their wetland habitat left. About 10% (58) of these can be considered as endemic. Africa contains the biggest number of endemic (20) and more precisely Madagascar. Among freshwater species, ducks and geese have a major importance in human activities in northern hemisphere related to food resources (hunting) or birding.


Birds Aves Wetland Emdemism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre de Recherche sur la Biologie des Populations d’OiseauxMNHNParisFrance
  2. 2.Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune SauvageCNERA Avifaune MigratriceLe Sambuc, ArlesFrance

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