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CUEVAS, J. Carlo  and  INIGUEZ-DAVALOS, Luis Ignacio. Birds of Puerto Interior Turístico Jocotepec in Lake Chapala, Jalisco, México. Huitzil [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.2, pp.261-271. ISSN 1870-7459.

Lake Chapala is the largest lake in Mexico. It is an area of interest for biological conservation, designated as a Ramsar site and recognized as an Important Bird Conservation Area for Mexico (AICA 58). The wetlands of Jalisco are of high importance for bird conservation; however, there are few studies about the birds of Lake Chapala. We studied bird community in the Puerto Interior Turistico Jocotepec, an urban park of Lake Chapala. We conducted our study from April 2015 to March 2016. We registered 100 bird species of 14 orders and 34 families. Sixty-nine percent of birds are residents, 30% are winter visitors, and 1% are transient. Also, we compared species richness and composition between our results and other studies from the state of Jalisco. We highlight the presence of Rallus longirostris, a resident and endemic species to central-western Mexico, which has the highest vulnerability value. We highlight the biological importance of the urban park and we suggest increasing the number of bird research in Lake Chapala.

Keywords : Avifauna; waterbirds; urban park; wetlands; species richness; Ramsar site.

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