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Community Structure and Population Dynamics of Aquatic Avifauna of Gharana Wetland (Reserve), Jammu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Jammu-180006, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 1-8, February,10 (2014)


The present piece of work has been conducted (2008-09) on Gharana Wetland (Reserve) to determine the seasonal diversity and population dynamics of aquatic avifauna. The study revealed the occurrence of 21 species belonging to 5 orders and 6 families, out of which 6 species were resident, 14 species were migratory and 1 species was occasional visitor. Among migratory aquatic avifauna, 8 species were wintering and 6 species were transients. The highest number of species (18 species) was found in Novemberand February. November had the highest (10673 individuals) and July had the lowest (44 individuals) waterbird population. During November, Bar-headed Goose Anserindicuscontributed 92.01% (9820 individuals) to the total population of 10673 individuals. Family Anatidae accounts for 87.94% of the waterbird count. Various ecological indices as well as statistical methods have also been applied to comment on the community structure of the aquatic avifauna.


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