Avifaunal diversity in and around the Wetland of Kasheli Village, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra
Sonali Mestry, Mayuresh Dev, Madhura Mukadam
Birds are the most amazing and unique creatures of the nature. They are found all over the world. They play a critical role in reducing and maintaining populations of insects in natural systems. Birds are the vital component of an ecosystem. They are adapted to all types of habitats and are found in all types of ecosystems including wetlands. The wetlands are complex communities of living organisms which assimilate them with their physical environment and have been productive in nature. These are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Wetlands are occupied by many birds as they get food, water and shelter from the wetlands. In the Konkan region, many unexplored wetlands can be seen. The present study was undertaken to record the avifauna in and around a wetland site of Kasheli village, Ratnagiri district. The visual encounter survey method was used to observe the birds. The total of 85 species of the birds, belonging to 43 different families was found during the survey. Some visitor/ migrant species of birds including some ‘Nearly threatened’, ‘Vulnerable’ species were also found to inhabit the study site. The present study indicates that this Wetland site is free from anthropogenic activities and therefore, it is blessed with rich avifaunal diversity.
Sonali Mestry, Mayuresh Dev, Madhura Mukadam. Avifaunal diversity in and around the Wetland of Kasheli Village, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. International Journal of Zoology Studies, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 36-40