Biodiv Sci ›› 2003, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (5): 414-421.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2003049

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The current status and a conservation strategy for species of Galliformes in China

ZHANG Zheng-Wang, DING Chang-Qing, DING Ping, ZHENG Guang-Mei   

  1. 1 Ministry of Education Key Latoratory for Biodiversity Sciences and Ecological Engineering;College of Life Sciences,Beijing Normal University,Beijing 100875
    2 Institute of Zoology,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100080
    3 College of Life Sciences,Zhejiang Universtiy,Hangzhou 310029
  • Received:2003-06-16 Revised:2003-08-05 Online:2003-09-20 Published:2003-09-20
  • Contact: ZHANG Zheng-Wang

Abstract: Galliformes is one group of birds which has a close relationship with human beings. Their conservation has received widespread attention from many international conservation organizations. As one of the countries rich in Galliformes, to strengthen the conservation of Galliformes is not only an important aspect of wildlife conservation in China, but also plays a significant role in global biodiversity conservation practice. In recent years, the Chinese government has paid more and more attention to protecting wild populations of Galliformes. In “the National Project on Wildlife Protection and Nature Reserve Construction” carried out by the State Administration of Forestry of China, pheasants are among the 15 groups of animals and plants which have high priority for conservation. In this paper, the species diversity, endemic species, and distribution patterns of Galliformes in China are introduced, and the current status and threats to this group of birds are summarized. Base on achievements made in in situ protection, ex situ conservation and scientific research, the main problems existing in conservation practice are discussed, and a conservation strategy for Chinese Galliformes is suggested.