Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2015, 63, 825-833
Published online 2015-06-28

Dominance and Diversity of Bird Community in Floodplain Forest Ecosystem

Karel Poprach1, Jana Vrbková2

1TYTO, Nenakonice 500, 783 75 Věrovany, Czech Republic
2Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc, Hněvotínská 5, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic

The paper is aimed to assessment of diversity and structure of bird community in floodplain forest ecosystem. Authors present results of analyses data on bird communities obtained at two transects in the Litovelské Pomoraví Protected Landscape Area (Czech Republic) in the period 1998–2012. Research of bird communities was carried out using the point-count method. The article deals with qualitative and quantitative representation of breeding bird species, including their relation to habitat type (closed floodplain forest, ecotone). Altogether 63 breeding species were recorded at the Vrapač transect and 67 at the Litovelské luhy transect, respectively. To be able to detect all recorded species, 11 out of 14 years of monitoring were needed at the Vrapač transect and all 8 years of monitoring at the Litovelské luhy transect, respectively. Authors show that the values in dominant bird species change significantly among the particular census dates within one season, mainly with respect to their activity and detectability. Results are discussed in the frame of sustainable forest management in floodplain forest ecosystems. The presented article can promote to discussion aimed to management strategy for floodplain forest ecosystems, which ranks among natural habitat types of Community interest protected under the Natura 2000 European network.


Research was supported by a grant from the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic TARMAG – Biodiversity and Target Management of Habitats of Coppiced Forests in the Frame of NATURA 2000 System, which was developed at Mendel University in Brno and Palacky University in Olomouc. Authors thank Eva Cepáková for translation into English.


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