Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
A Preliminary assessment and diversity of birds in Ramagiri east and west forest, Ananthapuram District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Author(s): VV Bala Subramanyam
Abstract: In view of a possible bird and wind turbine interactions like a direct contact with revolving blades, towers, nacelles, and associated power lines and meteorological masts, Forest advisor Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate change, Government of India, recommended a bird study as part of listing out the avian fauna in the areas of their proposed Wind power projects. The present avian study report was submitted as per the guidelines issued by GOI, MoEF& CC, New Delhi, vide F.No.8-47/2008-FC dt16th March, 2008, conducted in Ramagiri East and West reserve forests. It is located in Ananthapuram district of Andhra Pradesh, A complete avian survey was conducted between October 2015 to September 2016in and around the study area spreadover55.73 hectares of mosaic microhabitats categorized into Acacia forest (AF), Euphorbia-Salvadora forest (ES), Mixed thorn forest (MTF) and Prosopis forest (PF).The survey carried out in the study area has identified the presence of 119 avian species belonging to51 families. Among identified 119 species of birds, 98species are resident species, 19are winter migrants and 2 species summer migrants. A comparative study of these populations of each species across different habitats was carried out of which mixed thorn habitat has recorded the highest species count of 45 followed by 28 species by Acacia habitat, 26 species by Euphorbia Salvadora habitat and 20 species by Prosopis dominant habitat. Accipitridae is the most dominant family, consisting of 16 species.