Tawny Fish-Owl (Ketupa flavipes Hodgson, 1836): A new record from a sacred grove in Zemithang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Main Article Content

Malyasri Bhattacharya
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7152-9863
Bhupendra S. Adhikari
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5632-0044
G.V. Gopi
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0909-7086

Abstract

Individuals of Tawny Fish-Owl (Ketupa flavipes) were sighted and photographed in a sacred grove in Zemithang, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh during nine months fieldwork between June 2017 and February 2018. Previous records from ebird have only listed the occurrence of Tawny Fish-Owl from Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. The present sighting is the first photographic evidence from Tawang district in Western Arunachal Pradesh. The record shows the importance of sacred groves in the conservation of wildlife, which is threatened due to an upcoming hydroelectric power project in the area.

Article Details

How to Cite
[1]
Bhattacharya, M., Adhikari, B.S. and Gopi, G. 2021. Tawny Fish-Owl (Ketupa flavipes Hodgson, 1836): A new record from a sacred grove in Zemithang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 13, 2 (Feb. 2021), 17837–17840. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.5382.13.2.17837-17840.
Section
Notes

References

Ali, S. (1986). Field Guide to the Birds of the eastern Himalayas. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 282pp.

Ali, S. & S.D. Ripley (1987). Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (compact). Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 816pp.

Barbhuiya, A.R., M.L. Khan, A. Arunachalam, S.D. Prabhu & V. Chavan (2008). Sacred Groves: Informal protected areas in the high altitudes of eastern Himalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India: Traditional beliefs, biodiversity and conservation, pp. 131–146. In: O’ Reilly, A. & D. Murphy National Parks: Biodiversity, conservation and tourism. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. US, 214pp.

Barua, M. & P. Sharma (1999). Birds of Kaziranga National Park, India. Forktail 15(1): 47–60.

BirdLife International (2018). Ketupa flavipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018:e.T22689017A130157883. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018

Bhattacharya, M. (2018). Ebird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. URL: https://ebird.org/checklist/S43773131

Choudhury, A. (1998). Some new elevations records of birds from Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Forktail 14(1): 71.

Adhikari, S.D. & B.S. Adhikari (2008). Sacred groves: people’s contribution to conservation. In: Special Habitats and Threatened Plants of India. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Envis Bulletin 11(2008)1: 223–227.

Duncan, J.R. (2003). Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival. Firefly Books, New York, 320pp.

Fogden, M. (1973). Fish-Owls, Eagle Owls, and the Snowy Owl, pp. 53–85. In: Burton, J.A. (ed.). Owls of the World–their Evolution, Structure and Ecology. A & W Visual Library, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Gadgil, M. & V.D. Vartak (1975). Sacred groves of India - a plea of the continous conservation. Journal of the Bombay natural Historical Society 72: 312–320.

Gopi, G.V., J.A. Johnson, B.S. Adhikari, M. Bhattacharya, T. Watham & K. Sivakumar (2018). Assessment of Habitat Use by Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) and Eflows of Nyamjang Chu Hydroelectric Project in Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Technical Report, 119pp.

Hayashi, Y. (1997). Home range, habitat use and natal dispersal of Blakiston’s Fish-Owls. Journal of Raptor Research 31: 283–285.

Higgins, L.Z & S. Chatterjee (2005). Eastern Himalayas (Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh) sacred gumpa forests. Beyond Belief. UK: WWF International Switzerland and Alliance of Religion and Conservation, 9194pp.

Hong, S.Y., Y.H. Sun, H.J. Wu & C.C. Chen (2013). Spatial distribution of the Tawny Fish-owl Ketupa flavipes shaped by natural and man-made factors in Taiwan. Forktail 29(1): 48–51.

Grimmett, R., C. Inskipp & T. Inskipp (1998). Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. First Edition. London: Christopher Helm, A & C Black, 888pp.

Holt, D.W., R. Berkley, C. Deppe, P.L. Enríquez, J.L. Petersen, J.L.R. Salazar, K.P. Segars, K.L. Wood & J.S. Marks (2020). Tawny Fish-owl (Ketupa flavipes), version 1.0. In: (del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D.A. Christie & E. de Juana (editors). Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.tafowl1.01

Koker, P. (2019). Ebird Website URL: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62607908

König, C., F. Weick & J.H. Becking (2008). Owls of the World. Second Edition. Christopher Helm, London, UK, 528pp.

Krishna, N. & M. Amirthalingam (2014). Sacred Groves of India: A Compendium. C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre, 460pp.

Malhotra, K.C., Y. Gokhale, S. Chatterjee & S. Srivastava (2001). Cultural and Ecological Dimensions of Sacred Groves in India. Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, 30pp.

Marks, J.S., R.J. Canning & H. Mikkola (1999). Family Strigidae (typical owls), pp. 76–242. In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World - 5. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, 759pp.

Meena, D. & A. Singh (2012). Oran of Rohida: an endangered tree species of Rajasthan. Current Science 103(12): 1389.

Praveen, J., R. Jayapal & A. Pittie (2018). Taxonomic updates to the checklist of birds of India and the South Asian region—2018. Indian BIRDS 14(2): 37–42.

Purkayastha, J. (2018). Urban biodiversity: an insight into the terrestrial vertebrate diversity of Guwahati, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 10(10): 12299–12316. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3721.10.10.12299-12316

Rahmani, A.R. & Z. Islam (2004). Important Bird Areas in India: Priority Sites for Conservation. Indian Bird Conservation Network, Mumbai, xviii+1133pp.

Ritschard, M. & D. Marques (2007). Tawny Fish-owl Ketupa flavipes in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Indian Birds 3(3): 108.

Rasmussen, P.C. & J.C. Anderton (2005). Birds of South Asia: the Ripley Guide. 1st Edition. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Editions, Washington, D.C. and Barcelona ,683pp.

Schauensee, R.M. (1984). Birds of China. Oxford University Press, 38pls+602pp.

Sun, Y.H. (1996). Ecology and conservation of Tawny Fish-owl in Taiwan. PhD Thesis, Texas A & M University, Texas, USA.

Sun, Y. & Y. Wang (2004). Tawny Fish-owl predation at fish farms in Taiwan. Journal of Raptor Research 38(4): 326–333.

Sun, Y., Y. Wang & K.A. Arnold (1997). Notes on a nest of Tawny Fish-owl at Sakatang Stream, Taiwan. Journal of Raptor Research. 31(4): 387–389.

Sun, Y., Y. Wang. & C. Lee (2000). Habitat selection by Tawny Fish-owls (Ketupa flavipes) in Taiwan. Journal of Raptor Research 34(2): 102–107.

Wu, H.J., Y.H. Sun, Y. Wang & Y.S. Tseng (2006). Food habits of Tawny Fish-owls in Sakatang Stream, Taiwan. Journal of Raptor Research 40(2): 111–119.

Voous, K.H. (1988). Owls of the Northern Hemisphere. Collins, London, 320pp.