The Role of Mountain Ranges in the Diversification of Birds

  title={The Role of Mountain Ranges in the Diversification of Birds},
  author={J. Fjelds{\aa} and R. Bowie and C. Rahbek},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • J. Fjeldså, R. Bowie, C. Rahbek
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Avian faunas vary greatly among montane areas; those at high latitudes are biologically impoverished, whereas those of some low-latitude mountains are biologically very complex. Their high level of species richness is caused by the aggregation of many small-ranged species, which has been difficult to explain from purely macroecological models focusing on contemporary ecological processes. Because the individual mountain tracts harbor species that represent different evolutionary trajectories… CONTINUE READING
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