Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 294–298 | Cite as

Relationships between bird communities and vegetation structure in Honghua’erji, northern inner Mongolia

  • Wang Wen
  • Naoki Maruyama
  • Liu Bo-wen
  • Hiteto Morimoto
  • Gao Zhong-xin


The survey on bird communities was conducted by the belt-style method in six different sample plots in the Honghua’erji Forests area in the northern Inner Mongolia in June 2001 and totally 28 bird species were recorded. Vegetation investigation was carried out in five 10 m×10 m quadrats at each plot. The asymptotic regression function formulae were adopted to identify the relationships between the vegetation coverage and the numbers of bird species and individuals. The analytical results showed that the changes of species number and density of bird as well as the formation of bird communities follow the changes of forest type and the total foliage. Both the number of bird species and their density decreased with the decrease of total foliage. The similarity of bird community was very low at the breeding time. In the same classification of cluster, no similarity was higher than 0.65, which indicated that the composition of species had a great difference between all the bird communities. The bird breeding density was closely related to forest growth stage. From the bare grassland ecosystem to climax ecosystem, the density of bird species showed a gradually increasing trend.

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Bird community Vegetation structure Honghua’erji Northern Inner Mongolia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang Wen
    • 1
  • Naoki Maruyama
    • 2
  • Liu Bo-wen
    • 1
  • Hiteto Morimoto
    • 2
  • Gao Zhong-xin
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Wildlife ResourcesNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinP. R. China
  2. 2.Wildlife Conservation, Department of Ecoregion Science, Faculty of AgricultureTokyo Noko UniversityJapan

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