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Avian diversity of Zor Island, Shrivardhan in Raigad District of Maharashtra, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Viva College of Science, Commerce and Arts, Virar-West, Palghar-401 303, Maharashtra, India
  • 2Ecocare Ecology Consultant, 10, Hedavkar Wadi No.02, D.S. Babrekar Marg, Dadar-West, Mumbai 400 028, Maharashtra, India
  • 3Ecocare Ecology Consultant, 10, Hedavkar Wadi No.02, D.S. Babrekar Marg, Dadar-West, Mumbai 400 028, Maharashtra, India
  • 4Department of Zoology, Viva College of Science, Commerce and Arts, Virar-West, Palghar-401 303, Maharashtra, India
  • 5Ecocare Ecology Consultant, 10, Hedavkar Wadi No.02, D.S. Babrekar Marg, Dadar-West, Mumbai 400 028, Maharashtra, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (1), Pages 15-19, January,10 (2018)

Abstract

Mangrove forest being one of the most productive ecosystems of the world, provides shelter and feeding grounds to variety of organisms including avian diversity. Zor Island, Shrivardhan shows rich mangrove diversity and the ecosystem is occupied by variety of resident as well as migratory birds. Avian diversity in and around Zor Island, Shrivardhan was studied for a period of one year from September 2014 to October 2015. Total 54 species of birds belonging to 10 orders and 26 families were recorded during whole course of study. Out of the 54 recorded species, order Passeriformes comprised of 27.7%, 24.07% to the order Charadriformes, 12.9% to the order Pelecaniformes, 12.6% to the order Coraciiformes, 7.4% for Accipitriformes, 3.7% each for Cuculiformes, Psittaciformes, Suliformes and Columbiformes and 1.8% for Gruiformes. Birds of order Passeriformes have dominated the study area and are represented by 11 families followed by the order Charadriformes with 4 families. In current state the ecological conditions of mangroves in Zor Island support average avifaunal diversity. Due to lack of previous studies and limited data on avifaunal diversity of the study area, this study can form a foundation for further studies and research in future.

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