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Brood parasitism by Indian Hawk-cuckoo

 G. Prasad, P.O. Nameer and M.V. Reshmi

The Indian Hawk-cuckoo Hierococcyx varius was found to be a brood parasite on Pale-capped Babbler Turdoides affinis (Jerdon) in Kerala Agricultural Univeristy Campus, Thrissur. The chances of babbler nests parasitised by cuckoos is maximum when they build nests on open-crowned…

Breeding ecology and conservation of the Black-necked Crane in Ladakh

 Otto Pfister

The rare Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis, the least known of all the crane species, breeds in a limited number in the sparse wetlands of the remote high altitude desert of far eastern Ladakh. In addition to two 'pre-surveys' in June-July 1995 and 1996, an uninterrupted summer study had been conducted…

Studies on microlevel wind energy: A case study

 S.H. Pawar, P.S. Arage, P.M. Shirage, D.D. Shivagan, L.A. Ekal

The origin of wind energy is associated with solar energy incident on an area and the absorption coefficient of solar radiations in that region. This phenomenon was studied over one-year at the Shivaji University campus (1,000 acres). The land has some…

Behavioural characterisation of ectoparasites on a few tropical bats of southern India

Juliet Vanitharani

Ectoparasites on bats compromise well with the host by extracting sufficient nourishment to maintain and propogate themselves. But they do not kill their host since it provides them with a home and free rides! A study of ectoparasites of bats was made in an area around Tirunelveli. Observations were…

Foraging behaviour of Carpenter bees, Genus Xylocopa: Xylocopidae:Hymenoptera, and the pollination of some Indian plants.

 Alluri Jacob Solomon Raju and C. Subba Reddi

Carpenter bees, or species of Xylocopa, are prominent members of the Indian bee fauna. They are found throughout the year, foraging in daylight and rarely through the moonlit hours. Some plant species are adapted specifically to pollination mediated by nectar-seeking carpenter…

Habitat preferences and distributional status of some forest birds in Andaman Islands.

 K.Yoganand and Priya Davidar

The habitat preferences of 30 species of forest birds were studied in Baratang Island in the Andamans, India. The relationship between habitat preferences and large-scale patterns, such as biogeographical distribution of each species on the continent of Asia and distributional status…

Livestock depredation by wolves in the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Nannaj (Maharashtra), India.

 Satish Kumar and Asad R.Rahmani

Food habits of the Indian wolf Canis lupis pallipes were studied in the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Nannaj between 1991-1994. Estimation of wolf depredation on livestock is essential to implement compensation, management, and conservation plans for the wolf. Blackbuck Antilope…

Scent-marking behaviour of Indian Gazelle (Gazella bennetti Sykes, 1831) in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India.

 G.R.Jakher and Sumit Dookia

Scent marking patterns followed by different herds of Indian Gazelle Gazella bennetti in semi-arid region of Rajasthan were investigated for one year. Generally Indian Gazelle deployed some special scent mark methods to define its territory or effective range. Among individuals of a herd,…

Status of Flora in Protected Areas

R.B.S. Kushwah and V. Kumar

A multipurpose integrated project was taken up for (i) assessing the status of flora and fauna, (ii) computing the economic indicators, and (iii) assessing the socio-economic status of the people of the Protected Areas in each of the eight Protected Areas in Madhya Pradesh. These studies were undertaken to suggest…

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