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Frugivory, seed dispersal and home range of reintroduced jacutingas (Aburria Jacutinga) in the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 19/24315-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal researcher:Marco Aurelio Pizo Ferreira
Grantee:Patricia dos Santos Ferreira
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil


Jacutinga (Aburria jacutinga) is an important seed disperser in the Atlantic Forest which, due to the high hunting pressure, fragmentation and habitat loss, is threatened with extinction. Considering the risks that this species has been suffering over the years, the program for the Conservation of Game Birds in the Atlantic Forest - Project Jacutinga was created in 2010 with the purpose of reintroducing and monitoring this species in the wild. In this project, we will follow captive-born birds that have recently been reintroduced into the Serra da Mantiqueira to analyze the diet, homer range area and seed dispersal distances to assess whether these birds are playing their important ecological role as seed dispersers similar to wild species.

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