Status of avifauna at Taranga Hill-forest, Gujarat, India

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C.D. Patel
M.I. Patel


Taranga is one of the famous pilgrim places of northern Gujarat. It is located (240 00’N & 72046’E) at starting point of Aravalli ranges. Climate of this area is semi-arid with irregular rainfall. Variable width line transect method was adapted to study the avifaunal diversity. Taranga Hill-forest has atleast 90 species of birds belonging to 11 orders, 33 families and 68 genera. Passeriformes being the largest family. All common residents appear to be adapted to the prevailing conditions. Red-vented Bulbul and Rock Pigeon were most abundant while Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Crested Bunting and European Roller were rare. White-naped Tit a globally threatened and endemic resident has been found as local migrant, scarce in number, common in occurrence and breeder in the tropical thorn-scrub habitat of THf. Plum-headed Parakeet may be a breeding possible species. In comparison to other places, the avian diversity is observed poor, because Aravallis are not on the migratory route or landing site of migratory birds. In addition, anthropogenic factors, presence of predators and loss of vegetation may be having a telling effect.

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Patel, C. and Patel, M. 2010. Status of avifauna at Taranga Hill-forest, Gujarat, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 2, 2 (Feb. 2010), 695–699. DOI:
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C.D. Patel

C.D. Patel, a research scholar is a life member of Vihang Research Foundation, Ahmedabad & Bird Conservation Society, Gujarat. He is pursuing research in ornithology with special emphasis on terrestrial birds under the supervision of M.I. Patel.

M.I. Patel

M.I. Patel’s field of specialization is in population ornithology. At present, he is a member of the State level Expert Appraisal Committee, Gujarat. He is a life member of BNHS, ISCA, Kolkata & WWF, Mumbai.