Changed avian assemblage of Savitribai Phule Pune University campus in last four decades

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Kiran Choudaj
Varsha Wankhade


Savitribai Phule Pune University is known for its biodiversity in Pune.  In the present study, we have analyzed changes which have occurred on the campus and surrounding area over the last 40 years.  Of the 90 bird species reported in the campus and Khadki pond in 1976, we failed to notice 34 species in 2018.  A major reason for the decline in bird diversity could be changes in the campus habitat from low scrub jungle, fallow lands and grassland to buildings, roads, and exotic plantations.  Increase in human settlement surrounding the campus may also be a contributing factor.  Replacing exotic plants by indigenous plant species and control of land use can prevent further loss of biodiversity.

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