Biodiversity Science ›› 1997, Vol. 05 ›› Issue (3): 185-189.doi: 10.17520/biods.1997030

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The distribution and habitat selection of the Hume's pheasant in Yunnan

Han Lianxian   

  1. Conservation Biology Center , Kunming Institute of Zoology , Chinese Academy of Sciences , Kunming 650223
  • Received:1996-04-10 Revised:1996-07-02 Online:1997-08-20

The Hume's Pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae) is an endangered species of Galliformes, distributed restrictedly in northeastern India, northern Myarmar, northwestern Thailand and southwestern China. In China, the bird has only been recorded from western Guangxi and west, south and central Yunnan. A survey on the distribution and habitat selection of the bird had been undertaken during the period from June 1992 to May 1995, resulting 18 localities in 13 counties as the present occurrence of that bird in Yunnan together with a few more localities to be further confirmed. In the field work, the Hume's Pheasants were more frequently observed in the following five types of habitats, i.e. 1) the tropic season rain forest; 2) the subtropic evergreen broad-leaf forest; 3) the Simao pine-tree forest; 4) the Yunnan pine-tree forest; 5) the deciduous broad-leaf forest. And, the field work also reveals that the pressure of both the habitat losing and overhunting as the two main reasons seriously causing the Hume's Pheasant being endangered in the wild.

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