Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Avifauna of Bhattiyat and Dalhousie area of Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India
Author(s): Diljeet Singh
Abstract: The study of avifaunal diversity at several sites (700 m-2450 m) of Bhattiyat and Dalhousie area of Chamba district was carried out for about one year from January to late December 2017. This study was an extension of already recorded 153 species by author in 2015. With further additions of 32 species, an updated list of 185 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 56 families was recorded in the study area. The highest number of species were found in order Passeriformes (123) 66.5% and family Muscicapidae (28)15%. The lowest number of species (1) 0.5% were found in 3 orders and 22 families. The relative abundance of species was found as Very Common (25), Common (28), Fairly Common (38), Uncommon (65) and Rare (29). The seasonal status of species was observed as All Seasons (72), Winter (51), Spring (46), Summer (43), Monsoon Summer (16) and Autumn (16). Two species belonging to Western Himalayan Endemic Bird Area (EBA-128) viz. Spectacled Finch Callacanthis burtoni and Orange Bullfinch Pyrrhula aurantiaca were recorded in the study area. Two globally threatened species White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis and Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus were also observed. About 29 species were found as further additions to birdlist of Chamba district.