Avifauna of Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India with emphasis on Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary and its surroundings

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Tariq Ahmed Shah
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5015-4716
Vishal Ahuja
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5564-176X
Martina Anandam
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5501-5774
Chelmala Srinivasulu
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4331-8580

Abstract

The avifaunal diversity of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh with emphasis on Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary and its surrounding was observed for a period of one year between 2012 and 2013.  We observed 95 species of birds belonging to 12 orders and 40 families.  Of this diversity, 41 species were abundant to common, 34 occasional and 20 rare.  Most species were resident (83 species, including two species whose population increased during winters) and the rest were migrants (including nine winter migrating species and three summer migrating species).  A total of 302 species of birds have been reported from Chamba District between 1884 and present. Analysis of recent published literature in conjunction with the present study reveals that 178 species of birds have been reported from Chamba District since 2000.  The present study reports 11 new records for the district.

 

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Shah, T.A., Ahuja, V., Anandam, M. and Srinivasulu, C. 2016. Avifauna of Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India with emphasis on Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary and its surroundings. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 1 (Jan. 2016), 8333–8357. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.1774.8.1.8333-8357.
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Tariq Ahmed Shah, Field Research Division, Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society, 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India and Natural History Museum and Wildlife Biology & Taxonomy Lab, Department of Zoology, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana State 500007, India

Tariq A. Shah worked as a researcher in the Himalayan Langur Project funded by CLP, MBZ and RSG and is presently a doctoral student working on the molecular phylogeny of Rhinopomatids of India at Department of Zoology, Osmania University. 

 

Vishal Ahuja, Field Research Division, Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society, 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India

Vishal Ahuja worked as a researcher in the Himalayan Langur Project funded by CLP, MBZ and RSG and is presently working as a Researcher in the ‘conserving livelihood and Semnopithecus ajax project’ funded by CLP. 

 

Martina Anandam, Field Research Division, Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society, 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India

Martina Anandam was a researcher with WILD and worked with the Himalayan Langur Project. Her work centers primarily on langurs and community conservation in the Himalayan biosphere.

 

Chelmala Srinivasulu, Field Research Division, Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society, 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India Natural History Museum and Wildlife Biology & Taxonomy Lab, Department of Zoology, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana State 500007, India Systematics, Ecology & Conservation Laboratory, Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO), 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India

C. Srinivasulu heads the Wildlife Biology and Taxonomy Lab at Department of Zoology, Osmania University works on molecular phylogenetics, taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of tetrapods of South Asia.

 

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