Shortsighted About the Shortwings? Conservation Biology of the Shortwings, Threatened Endemic Birds, on the Sky Islands of Southern India?
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V.V. Robin and Anindya Sinha
In tropical biodiversity hotspots, with diverse biota and high endemism, there
are several factors that affect existence of species. Habitat loss by deforestation,
fragmentation and degradation by disturbance are some of the more commonly
documented processes that affect species. In the unique Shola habitat on the sky islands
of Western Ghats, we examine how different aspects affect the endemic bird species
complex of Shortwings – White-bellied Shortwing and Rufous-bellied Shortwing. We
describe here the patchiness and unique distribution pattern of these species, taxonomic
ambiguity, genetic differences, effect of parasites across different populations of these
species. We also highlight conservation action required in some key populations of
Shola forests, Western Ghats, shortwing, Brachypteryx, sky island,
birds, india, patchiness, fragmentation, white-bellied shortwing, rufous-bellied
shortwing, myiomela, robin, bird song, genetics, distribution, evolution, nesting,
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore.