The fate of the great woodpeckers and hornbills in Nepal: No big trees, no life

Hem Sagar Baral, Falk Huettmann

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Large woodpeckers and hornbills need large trees to fulfil their life-history needs. Such habitat features present essential ecological processes and services, including insect-control, fungi maintenance, water storage and carbon sequestration! Commercail overcutting of those forests, primarily in the mid and lower hills started in the 1950s and peaked in the 1970s but are now often replaced with more successful community forest management and some afforestation. The importance of community managed forests is very complimentary to even more important protected park forests which happen to preserve the natural structure of cavity-nesting bird communities. Of the woodpeckers and hornbills occurring in Nepal, the Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus and the Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis are already critically endangered or locally extinct respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHindu Kush-Himalaya watersheds downhill
Subtitle of host publicationLandscape ecology and conservation perspectives
EditorsGanga Ram Regmi, Falk Huettmann
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030362751
ISBN (Print)9783030362744
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2020


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