Anthropogenic impact on the distribution of the birds in the tropical thorn forest, Punjab, Pakistan

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The present research was conducted to assess the anthropogenic impacts on avian diversity around the river Chenab, Pakistan. The avian diversity was recorded on different landscapes along the river Chenab, that is, forest, agricultural, rural, and urban habitats. The data on diversity and distribution of various avian species were collected through linear count along with direct count methods viz. personal observations and sound records and indirect count methods viz. presences of carcasses and meeting with local communities. The habitat preferences of birds varied significantly. A decline in avian diversity was observed from forest habitat to urban landscapes. One year of bird surveys compiled a total of 150 species from all habitats along the river Chenab. Computed statistical data show that Shannon's index provides a quantitative report of diversity which was highest at forest habitat (4.261) followed by rural forest habitat (3.746), agri–rural habitat (3.746), agriculture habitat (3.623), WLH (2.723), urban vegetative habitat (3.215), and very least at urban nonvegetative habitat (2.247). It can be concluded from the present study that many of the avian species have specific habitats and also noted that corridors and connections among different landscapes are important for the conservation of avian diversity.

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Altaf, M., Javid, A., Khan, A. M., Khan, M. S. H., Umair, M., & Ali, Z. (2018). Anthropogenic impact on the distribution of the birds in the tropical thorn forest, Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 11(2), 229–236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japb.2018.03.001

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