Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Avian diversity around the riparian zone of Vishwamitri river, Vadodara, Gujarat
Author(s): Patel Bindiya, Rathod Jagruti Y, Akshit Suthar
Abstract: Riparian zone is the area adjoining the river and includes the river bank. This zone has high relevance and plays an important role in the river ecosystem. The present study was undertaken to understand the distribution of the avian diversity along the riparian zone and related the same with the landscape. The study was undertaken in river Vishwamitri flowing through the Vadodara city covering a distance of 90 Km before draining into the Arabian Sea. The paper reveals that there are about 69 species distributed all along the lengths of the river and the distribution is governed by the land use pattern like agriculture or urban area. Alteration of the riparian zone by human interventions would disturb the natural habitat and result in decline of diversity.
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