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Habitat selection and behaviour of purple moorhen (Porphyrio porphyrio) in district Ambala, Haryana, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Deptt. of Zoology, University College, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (3), Pages 41-45, March,10 (2018)


Purple moorhen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a purple color bird of order Gruiformes and Ralidae family. It is found inhabiting marshy lands, swamps and often found foraging in paddy fields. Purple moorhen usually prefers wetlands for various activities like feeding, foraging and nesting, but due to increased encroachment of these wetlands large scale change in habitat selection and behavior has been observed since last decade. The study was conducted in the district Ambala of Haryana from May 2015 to October 2016. As the breeding season commences aquatic plant species Salvinia was found to be abundant in the water bodies and so it is most preferred species for nesting by the purple moorhen. Maximum time was allocated to the activities like foraging feeding, care of chicks and resting. For most of the activities of the day preferred microhabitat was Salvinia and Eichornia.


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