1. The State of Tropical Bird Biodiversity

  1. Navjot S. Sodhi1,
  2. Çağan H. Şekercioğlu2,
  3. Jos Barlow3 and
  4. Scott K. Robinson4

Published Online: 23 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342611.ch1

Conservation of Tropical Birds

Conservation of Tropical Birds

How to Cite

Sodhi, N. S., Şekercioğlu, Ç. H., Barlow, J. and Robinson, S. K. (2011) The State of Tropical Bird Biodiversity, in Conservation of Tropical Birds, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342611.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    National University of Singapore

  2. 2

    Stanford University, USA

  3. 3

    Lancaster University, UK

  4. 4

    University of Florida, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334821

Online ISBN: 9781444342611



  • state of tropical bird biodiversity - tropical areas, largest proportion of imperiled bird species;
  • imperiled bird biodiversity - tropical region, forefront of bird extinction and endangerment;
  • Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis), and Po'ouli (Melamposops phaeosoma) - three bird species, suspected to have gone extinct since 2000;
  • birds, not the most threatened taxonomic group - amphibian and mammal species, currently threatened with extinction;
  • tropics, most critical region for bird biodiversity - and conserving birds, and other organisms;
  • proportions of threatened bird and mammal species - per tropical country, strongly correlated;
  • native forest loss, decelerating over time in tropical Latin America - continuing to accelerate in tropical Asia;
  • threatening processes, causing biodiversity loss - acting alone or in combination;
  • degree of similarity, between species assemblages in countryside habitats - and pristine forest, dependent on land-use patterns and landscape context;
  • species richness decline, in selectively logged forests - compared with unlogged forests in Borneo


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Imperiled bird biodiversity

  • Drivers of endangerment

  • The enigmatic