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Ethno-ornithology and conservation of wild birds in the semi-arid Caatinga of northeastern Brazil

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, February 2013
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Title
Ethno-ornithology and conservation of wild birds in the semi-arid Caatinga of northeastern Brazil
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, February 2013
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-9-14
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Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves, Railson Cidennys Lourenço Leite, Wedson Medeiros Silva Souto, Dandara M M Bezerra, Alan Loures-Ribeiro

Abstract

The utilization of birds as pets has been recognized as one of the principal threats to global avifauna. Most of the information about the use and sale of birds as pets has been limited to areas of high biodiversity and whose impacts of anthropic actions have been widely broadcast internationally, for example for the Amazon Forest and forest remnants of Southeast Asia. The Caatinga predominates in the semi-arid region of Brazil, and is one of the semi-arid biomes with the greatest biological diversity in the world, where 511 species of birds exist. Many of these birds are used as pets, a common practice in the region, which has important conservationist implications but has been little studied. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to detail aspects of the use of birds as pets in a locality in the semi-arid region of Northeast Brazil. Information on the use of avifauna was obtained through interviews and visits to the homes of 78 wild bird keepers. A total of 41 species of birds were recorded, mostly of the families Emberizidae (n = 9 species), Columbidae (n = 7 species), Icteridae (n = 6 species) and Psittacidae (n = 3 species). The birds that were most often recorded were Paroaria dominicana (n = 79 especimens), Sporophila albogularis (n = 67), Aratinga cactorum (n = 49), Sporophila lineola (n = 36), Sicalis flaveola (n = 29) and Sporophila nigricollis (n = 27). The use of wild birds in the area studied, as an example of what occurs in other places in the semi-arid Northeast, demonstrates that such activities persist in the region, in spite of being illegal, and have been happening in clandestine or semi-clandestine manner. No statistically significant correlation were found between socioeconomic factors and keeping birds as pets reflects the cultural importance of this practice of rearing wild birds for pets in the region, which is widespread among the local population, independent of socioeconomic factors. Obviously, human pressure on the avifauna exploited has ecological implications and makes it clear that conservationist measures should consider the cultural, economic and social aspects of these practices. These measures should be carried out by both directly combating the illegal traffic of animals and promoting educational campaigns aimed at all the players involved, from the collectors up to the consumer and wild bird keepers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 5 3%
United States 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 137 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 37 26%
Student > Bachelor 26 18%
Researcher 14 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 10%
Student > Postgraduate 9 6%
Other 24 17%
Unknown 20 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 75 52%
Environmental Science 29 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 2%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 1%
Other 7 5%
Unknown 25 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 11. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 February 2016.
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#653,188
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Outputs from Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
#29
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#12,535
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
#3
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