Comparative performance of four survey methods for assessing Lilian's Lovebird abundance in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Mzumara, T. I, Perrin, M. R, & Downs, C. T Ostrich, 87(3):247-253, 2016.
Comparative performance of four survey methods for assessing Lilian's Lovebird abundance in Liwonde National Park, Malawi [link]Paper  doi  abstract   bibtex   
Monitoring abundance of threatened species is important for conservation planning. Lilian’s Lovebird Agapornis lilianae is a near-threatened small parrot found in mopane Colophospermum mopane woodland. Its population has not been investigated in any part of its range. We investigated the abundance and density of the Lilian’s Lovebird in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Both distance sampling (line and point transects) methods and total counts (waterhole and flyway counts) were applied. The point count method gave very low numbers and was discontinued after the first year. Line transects conducted during the wet season had the highest density estimates of 17 ± 4.8 lovebirds km−2 of mopane woodland. However, number of observations per transect in each year were low. Waterhole counts had the lowest density estimates (10 ± 3.5 lovebirds km−2). Flyway counts gave an intermediate estimate (13 ± 3.0 lovebirds km−2). The total population of Lilian’s Lovebirds in Liwonde National Park is therefore estimated to be about 4 000 individuals. The use of line transect counts at the end of the rainy season is recommended for continued monitoring of Lilian’s Lovebirds abundance in Liwonde National Park.
@Article{Mzumara2016,
  author      = {Tiwonge I Mzumara and Michael R Perrin and Colleen T Downs},
  title       = {Comparative performance of four survey methods for assessing Lilian's Lovebird abundance in Liwonde National Park, Malawi},
  year        = {2016},
  volume      = {87},
  number      = {3},
  pages       = {247-253},
  doi         = {10.2989/00306525.2016.1206042},
  eprint      = { http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2016.1206042 },
  url         = { 
        http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2016.1206042
    
},
  abstract    = { Monitoring abundance of threatened species is important for conservation planning. Lilian’s Lovebird Agapornis lilianae is a near-threatened small parrot found in mopane Colophospermum mopane woodland. Its population has not been investigated in any part of its range. We investigated the abundance and density of the Lilian’s Lovebird in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Both distance sampling (line and point transects) methods and total counts (waterhole and flyway counts) were applied. The point count method gave very low numbers and was discontinued after the first year. Line transects conducted during the wet season had the highest density estimates of 17 ± 4.8 lovebirds km−2 of mopane woodland. However, number of observations per transect in each year were low. Waterhole counts had the lowest density estimates (10 ± 3.5 lovebirds km−2). Flyway counts gave an intermediate estimate (13 ± 3.0 lovebirds km−2). The total population of Lilian’s Lovebirds in Liwonde National Park is therefore estimated to be about 4 000 individuals. The use of line transect counts at the end of the rainy season is recommended for continued monitoring of Lilian’s Lovebirds abundance in Liwonde National Park. },
  journal     = {Ostrich},
  owner       = {Tiago Marques},
  subdatabase = {distance},
  timestamp   = {2016.11.16},
}
Downloads: 0