A pilot survey of the avifauna of Rangdum Valley, Kargil, Ladakh (Indian Trans-Himalaya)

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Tanveer Ahmed
Afifullah Khan
Pankaj Chandan


An avifaunal survey of Rangdum Valley in Kargil District, Jammu & Kashmir, India was carried out between June and July 2011.  McKinnon’s species richness and total count methods were used.  A total of 69 species were recorded comprising six passage migrants, 25 residents, 36 summer visitors and three vagrants.  The recorded species represents seven orders and 24 families, accounting for 23% of the species known from Ladakh.  A majority of the bird species are insectivores.


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