5. Fire and the Conservation of Tropical Birds

  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.ch5

Conservation of Tropical Birds

Conservation of Tropical Birds

How to Cite

Sodhi, N. S., Şekercioğlu, Ç. H., Barlow, J. and Robinson, S. K. (2011) Fire and the Conservation of Tropical Birds, in Conservation of Tropical Birds, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342611.ch5

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



  • fire and conservation of tropical birds - consequences of fires for bird conservation, context specific, multitude of complex factors and variability in life history strategies;
  • fire regimes, intact within - their range of natural variability;
  • fire, as an evolutionary and ecological force - in tropical biomes, shifts in fire-regimes impacting present-day conservation of tropical birds;
  • critically endangered bird species - threatened by changes in fire regime;
  • altered fire regimes in fire-dependent ecosystems - those “where fire is essential, and species have evolved adaptations to respond positively to fire”;
  • fires, determinant of bird community structure - in savanna systems;
  • South African savannas, picture of change - high proportion of grassland species, locally extinct over time;
  • ecological parallels between fire and herbivory - consuming plant material, strong influence on vegetation composition and structure;
  • humid forests, widespread fire-sensitive ecosystem - in the tropics;
  • three contrasting responses to fire - exhibited by most abundant arboreal-gleaning insectivorous species, captured in forest understorey, in the Central Brazilian Amazon


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Direct effects of fire

  • Indirect effects of fire and altered fire regimes

  • Altered fire regimes in fire-dependent ecosystems

  • Altered fire regimes in fire-sensitive ecosystems

  • Interaction between fires and other threats to tropical birds

  • Managing fire for bird conservation

  • Birds and post-fire regeneration

  • Conclusion