Water Birds Control Pests in Rice Fields
The research, the first in Uganda to examine potential ecosystem services that birds offer, focused on Ciconiiformes ⎯ a group of stork-like waterbirds that include bitterns, egrets, herons, ibises and stokes ⎯ that are a common sighting in rice paddies. The paddies’ wet conditions create favourable feeding habitats that attract waterbirds. While seed-eating birds are a serious pest in rice farms, the ciconiiformes feed on rats and a variety of insects that are even more serious pests in rice fields. These waterbirds also feed on snakes and snails that harmful to humans and that are associated with waterborne diseases.
Results of this research were published in the Advances in Research volume 2, issue 12.