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Zoological Research


DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2010.02198

Zoological Research 2010/31 :2 PP.198-204

Breeding Habitat Selection of Reeves's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii) in Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, Henan Province, China

XU Ji-Liang 1, 2 , ZHANG Xiao-Hui 2 , ZHANG Zheng-Wang 2 , ZHENG Guang-Mei 2 , RUAN Xiang-Feng 3 , ZHANG Ke-Yin 3 & XI Bo 3

1. College of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, 100083, China
2. Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Sciences and Ecological Engineering; College of Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China
3. Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, Segang, Henan, 464236, China

Abstract: Reeves's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii) is a threatened pheasant species endemic to China. The habitat use of territorial male birds was surveyed by the help of live decoys in a core area of Dongzhai National Nature Reserve. The breeding habitat selection of this pheasant was examined at two scales (115 m and 250 m scale, i.e. 4.15 hm2 and 19.63 hm2, respectively), including the characteristics at distance scale. Investigation was based on line transect, RS and GIS in Dongzhai National Natural Reserve from 2001 to 2003. Moreover, a range of habitat variables were compared between used and control points at each scale, and stepwise logistic regression was applied to select the key scale and the key habitat factors in relation to breeding habitat selection of this bird. Our results stated that the territorial males at Baiyun occurred mostly in mixed forests, followed by fir forests, pine forests, shrubs, and broadleaf forests. The area of conifer forests was the key factor influencing habitat selection of this bird in breeding period at the scales of 115 m and 250 m, and the proximity of farmland was important for habitat selection in breeding seasons. Furthermore, Reeves's Pheasants attached great importance to the scale of 115 m. When considering a range of habitat variables at all scales within a multivariate regression, the leading factors having effect on habitat selection in the breeding period were areas of conifer forests at 115 m scale and the distance to farmland. In addition, these above results suggested that strengthening the management of suitable habitat, and optimizing the habitat configuration are important in promoting conservation of this bird. However, it also highlighted the importance of initiating future researches on the conifer forests and their impact on the population of Reeves's Pheasants, which would be beneficial to promote the habitat conservation of this pheasant more effectively.

Keywords: Syrmaticus reevesii  Breeding period  Habitat selection 

Recieved: 2009-12-22 ; Accepted: 2010-03-15; Published Online: 2010-05-12

Corresponding Author: ZHANG Zheng-Wang (zzw@bnu.edu.cn)