Studies on the Density of Birds in Railway Colony, Madurai
Thavamani Malar Meenakshi, Antony Joseph Thatheyus
Birds are incredibly fascinating and have captured our imagination since the earliest times. They are both visually and acoustically conspicuous organisms in most ecosystems. As birds are comparatively easy to identify, they have attracted the attention of humans. Hence the present work has been designed to study the density of birds in Railway Colony, one of the lung areas of Madurai. The study was carried out for six months from March 2018 to August 2018. Regular monitoring of the birds was carried out every fortnight in the selected five regions of the study area by making transect counts and recording their number for the entire study period. The survey revealed the presence of twenty four species of birds belonging to nine orders and eighteen families. Shannon index, Shannon Evenness and Simpson’s indices of birds were also estimated. Twenty four species of birds were recorded belonging to nine orders and eighteen families.