Seasonal elevational movements of Eastern Olive Sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania

  • Chacha Werema
Keywords: abundance, Eastern Arc Mountains, elevation movement, hot and cold seasons, recapture, ringing, Uluguru Mountains

Abstract

Little is known about the seasonal elevational movements for most tropical avifauna species. Seasonal elevational movements of the Eastern Olive Sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea were studied along an elevational gradient from 600 to 1 500 m above sea level in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania, between May 2005 and February 2006. The recapture of ringed individuals along an elevational gradient across seasons provided evidence for the seasonal elevational movement of the Eastern Olive Sunbird in the Uluguru Mountains and the first documented evidence for this species in the Eastern Arc Mountains as a whole. Due to forest fragmentation and lack of corridors connecting high- and low-altitude forests in the Uluguru Mountains, the results have implications for conservation of the forest along the entire elevational gradient as well as for other forest bird species that have been documented to make seasonal elevational movements in the Uluguru Mountains and the entire Eastern Arc Mountains.

Keywords: abundance, Eastern Arc Mountains, elevation movement, hot and cold seasons, recapture, ringing, Uluguru Mountains

Published
2016-08-04
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1727-947X
print ISSN: 0030-6525