Status of water birds in Haripura-Baur Reservoir, western Terai-Arc landscape, Uttarakhand, India

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Tanveer Ahmed
Harendra Singh Bargali
Deepa Bisht
Gajendra Singh Mehra
Afifullah Khan


We surveyed water birds in Haripura-Baur Reservoir using total count method between 2013 and 2015.  A total of 65 species were recorded representing eight orders and 14 families.  Numerically Anatidae was the dominant family followed by Ardeidae and Scolopacidae.  Common Coot Fulica atra, Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina, Common Pochard Aythya ferina, Gadwall Anas strepera, and Tufted Pochard Aythya fuligula were dominant species in the reservoir.  The Shannon diversity of water birds was more or less consistent over the years and ranged between 2.56 (2013–14) and 2.23 (2015–16).  The reservoir supports water birds having declining population trends globally (41% of species), including three Vulnerable (Asian Woollyneck Ciconia episcopus, Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus, and Sarus Crane Grus antigone and four Near Threatened species (Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster, Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala, Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, and River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii).  Bird species belong to four feeding guilds with the domination of the carnivore group.  The current information is expected to serve as preliminary database of water birds for further research and monitoring. 

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Tanveer Ahmed, The Corbett Foundation, Village & P.O. Dhikuli, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715, India.

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