Dr. Gopal Tikaramji Paliwal
Avifauna, Conservation, Migratory, Navegaon Bandh, Threatened
Birds, the warm-blooded bipeds with amazing adaptations evolved millions of years ago from reptiles. These colorful, delicate- looking, highly evolved animals are the only creatures with feathered wings that make them capable of true and perfect flight. This ecologically valuable group of vertebrates is the subject of the present study which deals with ecology and conservation status of threatened birds in and around Navegaon National Park, Maharashtra state. Navegaon National park, commonly known as Navegaon Bandh, is located in Gondia district. It lies between 200 45’ to 210 2’ North Latitude and 800 5’ to 800 15’ East Longitude. It is popular in the eastern Vidarbha region of Maharashtra for diversity of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to rain forest. This southern tropical dry forest is enriched with varied wildlife, and is an important conservation unit in central India. Birds visit this beautiful lake every winter. The most important habitat in the park is the Navegaon Lake, home to many bird species. Flocks of migratory A total of 312 bird species from 57 different families under 14 orders have been recorded. Among these 252 were local residents, 53 winter visitors, 05 passage migrants and 02 breeding migrants. Out of total 312 avian species recorded, 12 are listed under different threatened categories (Birdlife International 2013). Ecology and conservation of these threatened species is discussed in the present study.
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Unique Paper ID: 153511

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 7

Page(s): 413 - 422
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