Status of waterbirds at Hathnikund Barrage wetland, Yamunanagar District, Haryana, India

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P.C. Tak
J.P. Sati
A.N. Rizvi


We surveyed the waterbirds of Hathnikund barrage wetland in Haryana for two successive winters between October and March during 2007-08 and 2008-09. Twelve field visits were made at monthly intervals. In total, 31 species including five new additions to the waterbirds of the wetland were recorded. Of these 31, five species (16.2%) were very common, six (19.3%) common, another six uncommon and 14 (45.1%) less common. The waterbird assemblages were dominated by species like Brahminy Shelduck, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Common Pochard, and Great Cormorant. The maximum species diversity was represented by the family Anatidae, followed by Ardeidae and Scolopacidae.

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