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Asian Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 277 - 283

Passerines Breeding from Chandertal Wetland in Lahaul Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, India: A New Record

Ranjit Singh, D.R. Thakur and Asheesh Mehta    

Abstract: Birds belonging to Passeriformes are commonly known passerines and constitute the most rich and diverse group among the avian orders. Studies on avian fauna of Chandertal wildlife sanctuary and wetland in greater Himalayan range of Himachal Pradesh, unveiled four passerines species belong to four different families. The studied area (wetland) is internationally known Ramsar Site (No. 1569) due to its characteristic and a few endangered flora and fauna. The lake with 2.5 km circumference and few small semi-permanent water bodies interspersed with grassy meadows and rocky pastures, hosts different alpine chordates and non-chordate fauna. Erymophila alpestris (L., 1758), Pyrrhocorax graculus (L., 1758), Phoenicurus ochruros (Gmelin, 1774) and Motacilla citreola Pallas, 1774 have been recorded in small flocks along with their juveniles and immature during summer season of each consecutive for six years (2008-2012 and 2014).

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