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Diet and Breeding Biology of Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 June 2008

Wangworn Sankamethawee
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Somchai Nimnuan
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Siriya Sripanomyom
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Korakoch Pobprasert
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Andrew J. Pierce
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Philip D. Round
Affiliation:
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama 6 Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
George A. Gale*
Affiliation:
Conservation Ecology Program, School of Bioresources & Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 83 Moo. 8 Thakham, Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
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*Author for correspondance; e-mail: george.and@kmutt.ac.th
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The Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus) occurs in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia and inhabits marshes, grasslands, reeds and rice fields close to water in the lowlands (Robson 2000) and natural waterholes in lowland dry dipterocarp forest (Round 1998). It is globally ‘Near-threatened’ due to habitat loss through the conversion of wetlands to agricultural and settlement areas (BirdLife International 2007). In Thailand it is local and uncommon in the north, north-east and central regions (Lekagul and Round 1991, Robson 2000). However, no quantitative data are available regarding its ecological requirements. Our objectives were to collect basic ecological data on: i) population structure, ii) nesting habitat characteristics, iii) food selection and foraging behaviour, and iv) parental care at the nest.

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