An annotated bird checklist for Gam island, Raja Ampat, including field notes on species monitoring and conservation

Julian Schrader*, Christoph Parsch*, Soetjipto Moeljono, John D. Kalor, Tim Hofmann, Christoph Weinrich, Fabian Muehlberger, Christina Stinn, Michael Muehlenberg, Cornelia Sattler

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Species checklists are a fundamental component of biodiversity research. They advance the understanding of species distributions and habitat preferences, thus reducing gaps of knowledge in geographical occurrences of species. Especially in light of the limited availability of data on species distributions for Tanah Papua, an increasing scientific focus on the region is crucial to foster and refine the knowledge of species occurrences and to inform potential conservation planning efforts. Despite a strong focus on conservation of Raja Ampat's marine areas, surprisingly few studies have focused on the terrestrial biodiversity of the archipelago. As a consequence, detailed species checklists for the region are largely missing. Here, we provide a preliminary bird species checklist for the island of Gam and its surrounding islands, located in central Raja Ampat. During nine sampling periods between 2013 and 2019, we recorded 132 bird species in six distinct habitat types. Of the detected species, six are considered threatened by IUCN Red List criteria. We further recorded three new species (Black Fantail, Boyer's Cuckooshrike, and Bare-eyed Rail) for Gam Island, thereby expanding their known extent of occurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-329
Number of pages20
JournalForest and Society
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Birds
  • Checklist
  • Conservation
  • Gam Island
  • Raja Ampat
  • Papua Barat
  • New Guinea


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