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  • Title
    CEPF Western Ghats Special Series: Birds of Meghamalai Landscape, southern Western Ghats, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    Species composition of birds in the Meghamalai landscape with respect to threat status, foraging guild and biome-restricted assemblage were assessed based on data collected opportunistically during two research projects: first one spanned 36 months (2006-2009) the other for 18 months (June 2011-December 2012) and from literature published during mid 1940s. A total of 254 species belonging to 55 families and 18 orders were recorded, which include 11% (18 of 159 species) of globally threatened birds reported from India, 88% (14 of 16 species) of endemic birds of the Western Ghats and a higher proportion of biome-restricted species (56% of Indo-Malayan tropical dry zone and 80% of Indian Peninsula inhabited by tropical moist forest birds). Among the foraging guilds, insectivorous birds (51%) dominated the bird composition followed by frugivores and carnivores. The present data shows that Meghamalai deserves to be recognized as an Important Bird Area of International Bird Conservation Network. This would enhance the conservation prospects of the landscape in a long run. The present study also highlights the importance of the area for conserving the birds of the Western Ghats.
    Attribution
    Babu S., Bhupathy S. (2013). Journal of Threatened Taxa 15(5) pp. 4962-4972; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3594.4962-72
  • Title
    CEPF Western Ghats Special Series: Meghamalai landscape : a biodiversity hotspot
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    The Meghamalai, also known as High Wavy Mountains, is located in the Theni Forest Division of Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats. The landscape is endowed with an array of vegetation types varying from dry (thorn forests) in the eastern side to wet (evergreen) forests on the western side due to wide elevation gradient (220-2000 m above sea level) and varied rainfall pattern (wind ward and leeward zones). The composition and configuration of this landscape facilitates diverse species of vertebrates (18 species of fishes, 35 amphibians, 90 reptiles, 254 birds, 63 mammals). In the past, selected floral and faunal groups of Meghamalai have been sporadically surveyed by the British explorers. However, in-depth ecological studies on various biota have only been initiated in recent years by SACON and WILD, which highlighted the conservation importance of the area. It is hoped that the recently declared Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary encompassing a part of the landscape, and the proposal of the Srivilliputtur-Meghamalai Tiger Reserve, if realized, would help conserving the diverse biota of this landscape in the long run.
    Attribution
    Bhupathy S., Babu S. (2013). Journal of Threatened Taxa 15(5) pp. 4939-4944; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3592.4939-44