Mitchell, S.L. et al

Bird community data from Wallacea biogeographic region collected 2018-2020

Bird community data from fixed point count stations generated by experienced ornithologists in Borneo and the Wallacean islands of Sulawesi (Buton), Seram, Buru, Talaud and Sangihe.

Bird surveys were undertaken between 2016 and 2020, with work on any given island lasting ~3 months, except for Borneo where surveys were undertaken across 3 years (2014 – 2016).

Surveys were repeated four times at each site on Sulawesi (Buton), Seram, Buru and once each on Talaud and Sangihe. The dataset comprises the aggregated counts from multiple surveys of the same point count sites, and assigned to individual bird species, landscape and island.

Publication date: 2022-02-14

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Mitchell, S.L.; Edwards, D.P.; Martin, R.W.; Kastanya, A.; Karja, A.; Akbar, P.G.; Jordan, K.; Martin, T.; Supriatna, J.; Winarni, N.; Davies, Z.G.; Struebig, M.J. (2022). Bird community data from Wallacea biogeographic region collected 2018-2020. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2018-01-01    to    2020-12-31

Provenance & quality

On each island, point counts were implemented of 100 m sampling distance between 06:00 and 10:00 on mornings without rain. Data includes aggregated data from visits to 1,349 point count locations sampled, with point counts lasting 10 minutes on Buru, Seram and Sulawesi (Buton), 15 minutes on Borneo and 20 minutes on Sangihe and Talaud. Maximum abundances of four counts undertaken on different dates are given for Borneo, Sulawesi (Buton) and Buru, whilst only a single 20-minute count was conducted on Talaud and Sangihe. Methodological details are summarised in Mitchell et al., 2021 Ecography.

Correspondence/contact details

Struebig, M.J.
University of Kent


Mitchell, S.L.
University of Kent
Edwards, D.P.
University of Sheffield
Martin, R.W.
Birdlife International
Kastanya, A.
Universitas Pattimura
Karja, A.
Universitas Halu Oleo
Akbar, P.G.
Jordan, K.
Martin, T.
Operation Wallacea
Supriatna, J.
Universitas Indonesia
Winarni, N.
Universitas Indonesia
Davies, Z.G.
University of Kent
Struebig, M.J.
University of Kent

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
Struebig, M.J.
University of Kent

Additional metadata

Topic categories
avian biogeography,  beta-diversity,  biotic homogenisation,  bird community,  Wallacea
Species Distribution
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/S007067/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:21