Avian diversity in the Naliya Grassland, Abdasa Taluka, Kachchh, India

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Sandeep B Munjpara
Indra R Gadhvi


Naliya Grassland is one of the significant grasslands of Gujarat. In this study the importance of the Naliya Grassland has been explored with special reference to avian diversity. Field work for the study was carried out throughout the year of 2007 on a monthly basis covering three distinct seasons to explore avian diversity. A total of 177 species belonging to 54 families were recorded wherein most species belonged to the family Accipitridae (20 species) followed by Alaudidae (11 species). Of the total families, five were represented by more than seven species, 18 families by 3-7 species and 31 families by one or two species respectively. Among the species observed, 16 species ware globally threatened (three Critically Endangered, four Endangered and nine Near Threatened). Most of the species were chiefly terrestrial (68.2%), about 23.9% species were freshwater dependant and 7.9% utilized mixed habitats. Maximum species richness was recorded in the monsoons and minimum in summer. Constant turnover and fluctuation in species richness occurred because of seasonal immigration and emigration. Maximum emigration took place during February and March and maximum immigration occurred during June and July. Many water dependant birds attracted to the flooded grassland during the monsoons explained the high species richness during this season. In winter, the area was inhabited by resident species as well as many migratory species.

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Munjpara, S.B. and Gadhvi, I.R. 2012. Avian diversity in the Naliya Grassland, Abdasa Taluka, Kachchh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 4, 3 (Mar. 2012), 2454–2463. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2679.2454-63.
Author Biographies

Sandeep B Munjpara

Sandeep B. Munjpara is a research scholar with Bhavnagar University and senior research fellow at Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation, Gandhinagar.

Indra R Gadhvi

Indra R. Gadhvi is an Associate Professor at department of Marine Sciences, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar.