International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies
2016, Vol. 3 Issue 5, Part A
Birds of Karachi University and Dow University of health sciences campuses, Karachi: With notes on their feeding habit
S Shahid Shaukat and Abid Raza
The avifaunal survey of the campuses of the University of Karachi (K.U.) and Dow University of Health Sciences (D.U.H.S.) is based on long term of observations (1996-2015, K.U. and 2008-2015 D.U.H.S.). The purpose of presenting a comprehensive list is to document the avifauna of the two selected sites and to bring awareness among scientists, naturalists and bird lovers regarding the dwindling population of birds at the two university campuses and the need for conservation and preservation of natural vegetation and the associated avifauna. Both the campuses have a variety of planted and some naturally growing trees and also have large or small patches of semi-natural, vegetation. At K.U. campus there are several small ponds in the gardens of the departments. The birds were recorded on a weekly basis using binoculars for about 4 h a day. Identification was based on standard field guides and manuals. A total of 49 bird species were recorded, belonging to 12 orders and 27 families. With the exception of a few game birds, observations were taken on their feeding behavior which also reflects the association between plant species and the bird species. Whereas all 49 species occurred on the Karachi University campus, only 40 species were recorded from the Dow University of Health Sciences campus. Suggestions are given for the conservation of the avifauna at the two selected sites.
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S Shahid Shaukat and Abid Raza. Birds of Karachi University and Dow University of health sciences campuses, Karachi: With notes on their feeding habit. Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2016;3(5):07-15.