Publisher : The Korean Society of Environmental Agriculture
DOI : 10.5338/KJEA.2016.35.2.16
Title & Authors
Status of Birds using Rice Fields in Mid-western Part of Korean Peninsula Nam, Hyung-Kyu; Kim, Miran; Choi, Green; Jang, Dooly; Choi, Seung-Hye; Cho, Kwang-Jin; Choe, Lak-Jung; Choi, Soon-Kun; Bang, Hea-Son; Na, Young-Eun; Kim, Myung-Hyun;
BACKGROUND: Rice fields are one of the most important habitats for various bird species. The list of bird species occurred in rice fields in Korean peninsula have been documented. However, information of listed bird species is included not only rice fields but also other wetland habitats such as lakes, tidal flats and rivers. Therefore, the study was conducted to clarify the status of bird observed in rice fields of Korea.METHODS AND RESULTS: Birds using rice fields defined as birds which forage or rest on rice paddies, levees, ditches and farming roads. Birds using rice fields recorded as total 124 species belonging to 40 families. Anatidae and Scolopacidae were the best represented family, followed by Ardeidae, Accipitridae, Motacillidae and Emberizidae; 50% of species belonged to these six families. 18 of 124 endangered wild species, which designated threatened at the national scale, found in this study regions.CONCLUSION: Despite interest in birds using rice fields of Korean peninsula, knowledge of birds and rice fields there is extremely limited. We need more studies to understand and conserve for birds in rice fields of Korea.
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