Breeding Population of Birds on Banifaror Island in the Persian Gulf
Khuzestan Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahwaz, Iran
- *Corresponding Author:
- Behrouz Behrouzi-Rad
Khuzestan Science and Research Branch
Islamic Azad University, Ahwaz, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 03, 2013; Accepted Date: May 30, 2014; Published Date: June 6, 2014
Citation: Behrouz Behrouzi-Rad (2014) Breeding Population of Birds on Banifaror Island in the Persian Gulf. J Coast Dev 17:384. doi:10.4172/1410-5217.1000384
Copyright: © 2014 Behrouzi-Rad B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This research was conducted in Banifaror Island (26o06'51"N 54o26'43"E), in Persian Gulf from August 2009 to August 2012. The aim of this study is to provide a complete picture of the Present population of the breeding water birds in Banifaror. Total count method was used to obtain the census of the nests and breeding population of water birds. Forty one species of water birds were identified in this island, of which six species were breeder. Breeding population of Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus was dominant. The maximum population of this species was 32340 pairs in 2009. Other breeder species were Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis, Swift Tern Sterna bergii, Caspian Tern Sterna caspia, Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis, and a small colony of White cheeked Tern Sterna repressa. The island has been suggested for to be classified as sensitive habitat for breeding water birds. This is the first record of the status of the breeding population of water birds on Banifaror Island.