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1 July 2007 Variation in Bird Diversity in Relation to Habitat Size in the Urban Landscape of Seoul, South Korea
Jungsoo Kim, Jinhwak Chae, Tae-Hoe Koo
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This study was carried out to find what factors could affect bird diversity in green areas in an urban landscape. We selected 83 sites of different size and type of urban landscapes in Seoul, South Korea and surveyed bird diversity. Urban green patches were grouped into three subclasses: < 1 ha, 1–10 ha and > 10 ha. The cumulative bird diversity was greater in the subclass 1–10 ha than in < 1 ha or in > 10 ha. We suggest that bird diversity was closely related to habitat size, especially in the category 1–10 ha, and recommend this area be used to establish new bird habitats in urban landscapes. The number of bird species was significantly correlated with the number of insect species in studied patches, but was not correlated with the size of green areas or the distance to roads. Therefore, we suggest that the number of insect species is the most important factor affecting bird diversity within our urban study area.



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Jungsoo Kim, Jinhwak Chae, and Tae-Hoe Koo "Variation in Bird Diversity in Relation to Habitat Size in the Urban Landscape of Seoul, South Korea," Acta Ornithologica 42(1), 39-44, (1 July 2007).
Received: 1 August 2006; Accepted: 1 June 2007; Published: 1 July 2007
bird diversity
urban landscape
urban planning
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