Avian Ecology Group —— Principal Investigator
SUN, Yue-Hua
+86-10-64807132  /  :+86-10-64807577
Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group of Avian Ecology    中文

During 1991-1994, worked on the bird community ecology and the population ecology of the Hazel Grouse at Changbai Mountain in northeast China. Studying “Comparative studies on the population ecology of the Hazel Grouse between China and Scandinavia”. 26 Hazel Grouse were radio-tracked and got good results on the home range, habitat selection, brood movement, chick dispersal and winter social behaviour.

I started to work in northwest China in 1995, for the past 17 years, I did a long-term study on the endemic Chinese Grouse (Bonasa sewerzowi), including population biology, behaviour, landscape ecology and conservation biology. More than 100 birds were radio-tracked, this is the largest-scale wildlife radiotelemetry study in China, and got international praise. This study is cooperated with Dr. Siegfried Klaus, Dr. Wolfgang Scherzinger and Prof. Jon Swenson in Germany and Norway.

Since 1998, my team made several bird surveys in the conifer forests of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, including Changdu, Jiali in Tibet, Jiuzhaigou, Emei Shan, Wawu Shan etc. in Sichuan, Zhuoni, Wenxian in Gansu, and Beishan in Qinghai. We also investigated the water birds in the Yangzuoyong Lake in Tibet and the Qinghai Lake in Qinghai. We cooperated with Prof. Jochen Martens in Germany and together published two new species of birds in China, the Emei Golden Spectacled Warbler (Serceicus emeiensis) and Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis).

In August 2002, as the president, I and my research group successfully organized the 9th International Grouse Symposium in Beijing.


Research Interests:

I am now mainly studying the endemic birds in the forest of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and current projects including studies on the Chinese grouse, Sichuan Jay and other endemic birds. Besides these, I am also intersted in breeding biology and behaviour ecology of small passerine birds, our team will start to explore the predator effect on breeding success of small passerine birds and the life history stragtegy of these small birds in a highly fragmented habitats.

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