BEHAVIOURAL PATTERNS OF MALE BENGAL FLORICAN

BEHAVIOURAL PATTERNS OF MALE BENGAL FLORICAN (HOUBAROPSIS BENGALENSIS) IN RELATION TO LEK ARCHITECTURE
Pushpendra Verma-1*, Dinesh Bhatt-1, V. P. Singh-2 and Navjeevan Dadwal-1
1-Avian Diversity and Bioacoustics Laboratory, Department of Zoology and Environmental Science, Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar 249404, Uttarakhand
2-Department of Zoology, Y.D. College, Lakhimpur Kheri 262701, Uttar Pradesh
[Corresponding author E-mail1*: pusverma@gmail.com]
Received: 27-04-2016 Accepted: 27-05-2016

Abstract:
For critically endangered Bengal florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis), there is a gap in the knowledge of behavior in relation to their habitat use inside the lek. For a critically endangered lekking bird, understanding habitat use pattern and behavior is vital for management and conservation. By obtaining information on the use of habitat by a species, we can designate the size of management units as well as methods. Our study revealed that lek was situated on a seasonal drainage canal which was covered with tall grassland. Males selected display site around it in short grass patches. All the displays were performed in short grassland facing towards tall grassland near seasonal drainage canal.

Keywords: critically endangered, Bengal florican, lekking bird

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