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On Biology of Houbara Bustard (<i style=`mso-bidi-font-style:normal`>Chlamydotis undulata macqueenii) in Balochistan, Pakistan: Animal Populations Sharing Habitat

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Author(s): Afsar Mian

Journal: Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1727-3048

Volume: 3;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 782;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: Mammals | birds | reptiles | insects | livestock | density | constancy | population levels

ABSTRACT
Detailed survey of 53 stands created in some 75.500 km2 of wintering habitat of Houbara (Chlamydotis undulata macqueenii) in Balochistan (Pakistan) suggests presence of 20 mammal and 41 bird species. Crude density, population level and constancy of appearance of a majority of mammals and all birds have been suggested for five broad localities (created in response to physico-biotic variations attributable to altitude and latitudes) and total tract using quadrate sampling. Seven species of rodents were snap trapped and their relative abundance judged. Majority of the species exhibited low densities, population levels and constancies. The densities and population levels of species of livestock, actually exploiting Houbara habitat, have also been suggested using quadrate sampling. Indirect evidences and encounter rates of unidentified reptiles (lacertiles and snakes) and insects (tenebrionid beetles, large black anta, grasshoppers, termites and butterfly) suggested very low populations and constancies of these groups during winters, except for beetles and ants.
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