Bird Species Diversity of Lowland Tropical Rainforests of New Guinea and Northern Australia

  • Peter V. Driscoll
  • Jiro Kikkawa
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 69)


Much of the rainforest on humid tropical lowlands has been cleared and what remains is under threat today in many parts of the tropics. The Australasian rainforests are no exception. In tropical Australia between Townsville and Cooktown 56.9% of the rainforest on the lowland plains has been destroyed since European settlement, and Clearing is still continuing (Winter et al., 1987). In New Guinea, although 50% of forest occurs on the lowlands (Mclntosh, 1974) there is little hope of retaining lowland rainforests in their pristine State if reservation is not realized and forest management not improved (White, 1971; Kwapena, 1985). Because the lowland fauna is the richest in the Australasian rainforest, it is important to document this fauna in terms of how it is affected by human disturbances to the forest.


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