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Online Course on Birds for Beginners_Project work by Subramanyam Ramanathan

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This presentation is a compilation of avifauna study conducted by our student, Mr. Subramanyam Ramanathan of Online Course on Birds for Beginners, during the 3 month course duration at Bangalore.

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Online Course on Birds for Beginners_Project work by Subramanyam Ramanathan

  1. 1. Birds for Beginners Data analysis of Sightings December 2016-February 2017 By Subbu Ramanathan
  2. 2. Study Area • Turahalli Forest (132 observations) • Agara Lake (80 observations) • Wasteland area (51 observations)
  3. 3. Turahalli forest – Data Analysis 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 4 4 4 4 5 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 5 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Green Bee eater Red whiskered bulbul Indian Robin Black Drongo Black rumped Flameback Red vented bulbul Coppersmith Barbet Jungle Babbler Peacock White cheeked Barbet Black hooded Oriole Ashy Drongo Brahminy Kite Hoopoe Oriental Magpie-Robin Common crow Brown shrike Chestnut-tailed Starling Paddyfield Pipit Rose ringed Parakeet Number of sightings CommonName Sightings at Turahalli Forest : Monthwise distribution December January February
  4. 4. Turahalli forest – Data Analysis 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Nectariniidae pycnonotidae Meropidae Muscicapidae oriolidae Accipitridae Columbidae dicruridae megalaimidae corvidae zosteropidae picidae Alcedinidae Cuculidae leiothrichidae Phasianidae Campephagidae Rhipiduridae Hirundinidae Paridae Upupidae Ardeidae Laniidae Motacillidae Psittaculidae Sturnidae Number of sightings Family Sightings at Turahalli forest by Family
  5. 5. Agara Lake – Data Analysis 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Common Sandpiper Open billed Stork Pied Kingfisher River Tern Western Reef Egret Little Cormorant Red-Wattled Lapwing Cattle Egret Common Myna Green Bee-Eater Grey Heron Intermediate egret Little Ringed Plover Pond Heron White throated Kingfisher Woolly-Necked Stork Black Kite Green sandpiper Painted Stork Barn Swallow Brahminy Kite Little Grebe Oriental Magpie-Robin Oriental Skylark Oriental White-eye Paddyfield Pipit Pin-tailed Snipe Richard’s Pipit Rose ringed Parakeet Rosy Starling White-Browed Wagtail Yellow wattled Lapwing Number of sightings Commonname Sightings at Agara Lake : Monthwise distribution December January February
  6. 6. Agara Lake – Data Analysis 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Ardeidae Ciconiidae Scolopacidae Alcedinidae Charadriidae Sternidae Phalacrocoracidae Sturnidae Accipitridae Meropidae Motacillidae Alaudidae Hirundinidae Muscicapidae Podicipedidae psittaculidae Zosteropidae Number of Sightings Family Sightings at wetland by family
  7. 7. Wasteland – Data Analysis 3 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Common Myna Greater Coucal Rose ringed Parakeet Common crow Black Drongo Indian Grey Hornbill Indian Robin Pied Bushchat Spotted Owlet Ashy crowned Sparrow Lark Barn swallow Black winged Kite Blue faced Malkoha Common Quail Eurasian collared dove Green Bee Eater Grey Wagtail Jungle Babbler Laughing Dove Long-Tailed Shrike Peacock Purple Sunbird Red vented Bulbul Red whiskered Bulbul Rock Pigeon Shikra Sirkeer Malkoha Streak throated swallow White throated Kingfisher Yellow wattled Lapwing Number of Sightings CommonName Sightings at wasteland - monthwise distribution December January February
  8. 8. Wasteland – Data Analysis 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 sturnidae cuculidae Muscicapidae Psittaculidae Columbidae Corvidae accipitridae Bucerotidae Hirundinidae leiothrichidae phasianidae pycnonotidae strigidae Alaudidae Alcedinidae charadriidae dicruridae Laniidae meropidae Motacillidae nectariniidae Number of sightings Family Sightings at wasteland by family
  9. 9. Observations and Trends : Turahalli Forest • Most common birds observed in forest were sunbirds, bulbuls and bee-eaters. Drongos and Robins were also common. • More diversity observed in forest. • Different birds observed in different areas of the forest. • Bee-eaters were observed mostly in clearings. • Sunbirds on many flowering trees and shrubs • White-cheeked barbets and orioles were often to be found near fig or banyan trees • Drongos were observed everywhere. • Increase in sightings and diversity during palash bloom in January (Early bloom due to drought)
  10. 10. Observations and Trends : Agara Lake • Most common birds observed at Agara lake were egrets and waders. • Storks observed at Agara lake starting December end. More species of storks and waders observed during January. • Fewer storks and larger migratory birds observed towards end of February, perhaps due to sharp rise in temperature. • The lake is not artificially bunded and hence has a good number of waders foraging in the shallows. Fish also seems to be abundant in spite of poor monsoon and less water. • Sightings drastically reduced on days with human fishing activity. More kites, kingfishers and egrets observed on such days.
  11. 11. Observations and Trends : Wasteland • Most common birds observed in wasteland area were Myna, Coucal and Rose-ringed Parakeet. • The area is mostly suburban scrub area, with houses, grain godowns, bushes, grass and occasionally large fig and banyan trees. This seems to suits the foraging behavior of these birds. • A couple of large banyan trees are present at the edge of the city and Indian grey hornbills were sighted here a couple of times. • A rare sighting was Blue-faced Malkoha and Sirkeer Malkoha on the same day and never again.
  12. 12. Questions?

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