Estimating the density of Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus (Galliformes: Phasianidae) in the tropical forest of Similipal Tiger Reserve, eastern India

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Himanshu S. Palei
Hemanta K. Sahu
Anup K. Nayak


To determine population status of wild animal using reliable sampling techniques forms an important component of conservation effort and effective wildlife management.  We estimated the density of Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus using distance sampling, a quantitatively robust technique, in Similipal Tiger Reserve, Odisha, eastern India during September 2012 to May 2013.  We laid 27 transects and walked seven to eight times for a total of 390km to obtain the distance sampling data.  We used DISTANCE software for analysis. We estimated per km2 Red Junglefowl group density as 4.99 and density as 7.64 birds in the intensive study area.  Mean group size of Red Junglefowl was 1.48.  Our results may prove helpful in planning better management needs and strategies for the survival and conservation of Red Junglefowl in different protected areas.


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Palei, H.S., Sahu, H.K. and Nayak, A.K. 2016. Estimating the density of Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus (Galliformes: Phasianidae) in the tropical forest of Similipal Tiger Reserve, eastern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 2 (Feb. 2016), 8495–8498. DOI:
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