Valorizing the relationships between people and birds: Experiences and lessons from Honduras

Mark Andrew Bonta

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Abstract

The article is derived from a decade of qualitative investigation in urban and rural areas of Honduras focused on landscapes of human-avian interaction. It outlines a methodological framework for ethnoornithological inquiry based on the systematic analysis of both intentional and accidental relationships between people and birds, and marked by a series of indicators of such relationships. It discusses a model for human-bird interaction based on utilitarian, symbolic, and empathic values, and outlines a set of social and land-use differentiations of human-bird relationships that influence this model. The utility of this approach is applied to a discussion of ethnoornithology's role in conservation, and the concept of the conservation dialogue between local and outside actors is presented as a possible way forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-604
Number of pages10
JournalOrnitologia Neotropical
Volume19
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - Jul 9 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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