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Distribution status of Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) in Haryana, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
  • 2Department of Zoology, Institute of Integrated and Honours Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 9, Issue (1), Pages 27-32, February,10 (2020)

Abstract

Greater Flamingo is a remarkable species among the member of Phoenicopteridae family and it is a very common visitor to India. Flamingos are tallest water wading birds, have pink plumage with a long neck and legs compare to their body size. They are colonial birds. From October 2018 to August 2019 simultaneously a monthly census was conducted at 7 different locations. The purpose of our study is to define the distribution status of Greater Flamingo in Haryana. Point count method was adopted for determine their population size. We used the Garmin etrexGPS to map the location of their flocks throughout study period. A total of 1374±343 Greater Flamingo was recorded. Najafgarh Jheel Bird sanctuary is the site where Greater Flamingo were found to be concentrated in highest number. Occurrence of Greater Flamingo in Najafgarh Jheel Bird sanctuary and Ottu lakes throughout the year shows that these sites are ideal areas which are preferred by Greater Flamingo thus protecting their habitat is important for their existence.

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