A comprehensive survey on the bird resources in Hainan Yinggeling Reserve
News source:hihainan.info / By Chen Shumin / 03 13,2020 17:15:49 / Culture & Travel

After a lapse of 15 years, the Hainan Yinggeling National Nature Reserve has launched a new round of comprehensive surveys on biodiversity. The first round of scientific survey on birds has ended recently. Researchers have recorded some birds worthy of intensive monitoring, including Hainan Partridge, a kind of national first-level protected bird, and the some national second-level protected birds such as Silver Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Blue-rumped Pitta, Mountain Imperial-pigeon and Thick-billed Green-pigeon.

The research team conduct surveys in the reserve almost all day. (Photo provided by Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute organized a team to investigate the birds in the Yinggeling Reserve, which consists of 10 experts and 10 backbone staff in the reserve. The first round of the survey began on March 2 and ended on March 9, which focused on the winter birds. Another survey on breeding birds will be conducted in early May.

The Hainan Leaf-warbler, a unique species in Hainan, is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

This field survey was divided into two teams respectively from the southern slope and the northern one, covering the investigations on the species, number, distribution and dynamics of the birds in the reserve, as well as the threatening situation the birds confront. Checking out the status quo of bird resources in the reserve is helpful for the scientific evaluation and will lay the foundation for establishing a monitoring system on bird resources.

The Scarlet Minivet is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

In 2004, the Hainan Provincial Government approved the establishment of Yinggeling Provincial Nature Reserve, which was promoted to a national nature reserve in 2014. The background data of birds in the reserve are mainly from many scientific surveys carried out during the period from 2003 to 2005. Although some special surveys on wildlife have been successively carried out, for many years, no systematic and comprehensive investigation and research has been carried out on the birds in the reserve. The comprehensive and scientific survey on the biodiversity of birds in the reserve this time will detect the resources and dynamic changes of the birds, providing more complete and scientific data for the decision-making process to promote the effective management of the reserve.

The Scarlet Minivet is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)


The Shikra, a national second-level protected wildlife, is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

The Orange-bellied Leafbird is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

The Asian Barred Owlet, a national second-level protected wildlife, is photographed by the team during the first round of scientific survey. (Photo by Lu Gang/Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute)

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