Stand of bamboo Guadua angustifolia. Photo: Alfredo Begazo.
Stands of bamboo occur in disturbed areas surrounded by forest or sometimes courses of water. Bamboo is a type of grass (Gramineae) that colonizes new areas for a life cycle, which ends when the stand produces seed. The dominant bamboo species in the humid lowland Tropical forest is Guadua angustifolia, which is replaced at higher elevations in the Andes by several species of Chusquea.
Bamboo thickets offer foraging and sheltering substrate to a set of bird species that are primarily restricted to life within stands of bamboo or depend on the periodic seeding events to complete their life cycles.
Bamboo growing on disturbed areas bordering a river in Madre de Dios-Peru.
The Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaimus sanctaemariae) is largely restricted to patches of bamboo. Photo: Andrew Whittaker/Birding Brazil.
See more Neotropical bird habitats.
- Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation. Stotz Douglas F., Fitzpatrick John W., Parker Theodore A. III, and Moskovits Debra K. University of Chicago Press, 1996.