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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2004 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 250-256
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.250.256
Habitat Utilization of Cheer Pheasant (Catereus wallichii) in Jhelum Valley, Muzaffaraabad, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Muhammad Siddique Awan, Aleem Ahmed Khan, Masood Ahmed Qureshi, Khawaja Basharat Ahmed and Ghulam Murtaza

Abstract:
Sum of 28 surveys were conducted from June 2002 to June 2003 in three main zones (Pir Chinasi, Lowasi-Ghari Dopatta and Chinari-Qazinag) of Jhelum valley Muzaffarabad to collect data on Phytosociological habitat analysis of Cheer Pheasant (Catreus wallichii). Three zones were divided into 8 main localities, each of which was further divided into sub-localities or calling sites of Cheer Pheasant. The Phytosociological analysis of five localities was carried out at calling sites of Cheer Pheasant. The importance value (dominant and co-dominant vegetation by Quadrate Method) of each plant species was calculated in order to find out the relationship of Cheer Pheasant population with various variables of habitat. Phytosociological habitat comparison of dominant and co-dominant vegetation of five main localities showed that the following plant species are common and characteristic of each habitat. These species are Pinus walliachiana, Plactranthus rugosus, Indigofera heterantha, Berberis lycium, Fragaria indica, Oenothera rosea, cynoglossum lanceolatum, Saccharum rufipilum and onychium japonicum. Correlation analysis between Cheer Pheasant density indices at various sites and habitat variables showed non-significant results with ground cover (r = 0.24, p>0.5), with shrubs (r = 0.44, p>0.5) and with tree cover (r = 0.36, p>0.5). However the higher value of r with shrubs showed some relationship of Cheer population. Similarly, correlation analysis between Cheer Pheasant population and with canopy cover showed non-significant results i.e. with ground canopy cover (r =-0.08, p>0.5), with shrub canopy cover (r = 0.33, p>0.5) and with tree canopy cover (r =-0.05, p>0.5). Again the higher value of r with shrub canopy cover indicates some affinity of Cheer Pheasant population.
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Muhammad Siddique Awan, Aleem Ahmed Khan, Masood Ahmed Qureshi, Khawaja Basharat Ahmed and Ghulam Murtaza, 2004. Habitat Utilization of Cheer Pheasant (Catereus wallichii) in Jhelum Valley, Muzaffaraabad, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Journal of Applied Sciences, 4: 250-256.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.250.256

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2004.250.256

 
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