Composition of Birds in Agricultural Landscapes of Peddagattu and Sherpally Area: A Proposed Uranium Mining Sites in Nalgonda, Telangana, India
The study was carried out from December 2010 to March 2014 to obtain the list of bird species, their density, diversity, species richness and evenness associated with five different crops viz., Paddy, Cotton, Castor, Red gram and Fruit garden in agricultural habitat of Nalgonda district. The current study highlights the status of avian diversity in relation to different crops, order wise versus crop wise species distribution and their clusters among the over- lapping species. A unique attempt of assembling birds, between crops and among the species shows significant variation in the relative density and diet selection of each bird species. Among which seven threatened bird species (IUCN Red list) were documented.
KeywordsBird species richness Diversity Croplands Foraging guild Insectivorous birds
We express our sincere gratitude to Indian Council of Agricultural Research for providing necessary facilities, All India Network Project on Vertebrate Pest Management staff and Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, for extended help in field. We also thank to Board of Research on Nuclear science (BRNS), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Government of India, for funding the project (Project Sanction No. 2009/36/66).
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