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  • Title
    The status of vultures in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, central India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    The study on the status of vultures in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BRT), central India was carried out from January 2011 to March 2013 in different seasons using opportunistic sightings.  In total, 265 observations were made in which 1,366 individuals belonging to four species were recorded.  Among these, Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus were more frequently sighted followed by White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus, Red-headed Vulture or Asian King Vulture Sarcogyps calvus and Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus.  During the study period, 27 vulture nests were identified, of these 25 nests belonged to  Long-billed Vulture and two nests were that os White-backed Vulture.  No attempts were made to examine the nesting site characteristics and the breeding status of vulture in BTR. Vultures were largely observed feeding on carnivore kills such as chital, sambar, nilgai, wild pig, domestic cattle and common langur. On a few occasions vultures were seen feeding on the dumped cattle carcasses near villages.  The study reveals that vulture population in BTR was mainly dependent on large carnivore kills.  Regular monitoring of vulture nest sites in the study area is recommended to assess their breeding success.  Since we observed the vultures feeding on dumped livestock carcasss near villages, use of Diclofenac in the villages around the park should be monitored as it has caused a large-scale mortality in vultures in different regions of the country.  
    Attribution
    Navaneethan Balasubramaniam, Sankar Kalyanasundaram, Qureshi Qamar, Manjrekar Manas (2015). Journal of Threatened Taxa 14(7) pp. 8134-8138; doi:10.11609/jott.2428.7.14.8134-8138
  • Title
    An inventory of mammals, birds and reptiles along a section of the river and banks of upper Ganges, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    A study was conducted to assess faunal diversity along a 165-km stretch of the upper Ganges River between Bijnor and Narora cities, Uttar Pradesh, from January to June 2007. Both river and bank species diversity of reptiles, birds and mammals using a combination of boat surveys, linear walks and random searches were inventoried. Presence of 18 species of mammals, 55 species of birds and 13 species of reptiles were recorded from the river stretch including 16 species of global conservation significance. Maximum encounter rate was observed for little cormorant (3.160 plus or minus 0.290), macaque (2.385 plus or minus 0.442) and brown roofed turtle (1.009 plus or minus 0.107). Our study is an attempt towards generating baseline information on the faunal diversity of the upper Ganges and we recommend exhaustive surveys and regular monitoring of this river stretch through indicator species approach.
    Attribution
    Bashir T., Behera S.K., Khan A., Gautam P. (2012). Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(4) pp. 2900-2910; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o2692.2900-10