A short-term survey report on the post-winter avian diversity in Corbett National Park and associated areas, Uttarakhand, India

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Srinjana Ghosh
Tanmay Bhattacharya


This study documents a short-term post-winter survey of avifaunal diversity in Corbett National Park  and associated areas in Uttarakhand.  Qualitative and quantitative avian diversity patterns were assessed from a biomonitoring and conservation perspective.  A total of 94 species of birds belonging to 40 families under 15 orders were reported.  Among these 10 were winter visitors, six summer visitors and one near-threatened species.  Habitat distribution and foraging guild patterns are discussed.  Insectivores and nectarivores were found to be the prominent foragers.  Open woodland, cultivated land and forest edges provided shelter for many bird populations, while plantation areas supported the lowest numbers of species.  The study area was exposed to varying levels of anthropogenic interventions, yet supported a healthy bird diversity with low dominance index. 

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Srinjana Ghosh, Department of Zoology, Bethune College, 181, Bidhan Sarani, Manicktala, Azad Hind Bag, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006, India

M.Sc., M.Phil.

Assistant Professor, W.B.E.S.

P.G. Department of Zoology, Bethune College, Kolkata

Tanmay Bhattacharya, Professor and formerly Head of the Department of Zoology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal 721102, India

Tanmay Bhattacharya is a PhD from University of Calcutta and was Professor and Head of Department of Zoology, Co Coordinator of Environmental Science, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal; Former member of Pollution Control Board, Tripura


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