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The present investigation deals with the population and avian diversity of Safari Park and Karachi University campus area during the period from March, 2009 to December, 2009. A total of (N=176579)1 individuals were recorded from the study areas (Safari park, Karachi and Karachi University) during the current study. Out of these (n1=119986)2 were recorded in University of Karachi campus while (n2=56593)3 were observed from Safari Park. Maximum density of birds was recorded soon after the monsoon season (September and October) favoring the availability of food resources for birds. During research period, over all 44 species of birds were recorded belonging to 29 families. Out of these 26 species of birds were found common in both study areas. Including the common specie, 32 species were identified from wild habitat of Safari park belonging to 30 genera and 26 families, while University of Karachi supports 38 species including the common species belonging to 31 genera and 26 families. Avian diversity of Safari Park varied significantly as compared to the avian diversity of University of Karachi as in Safari Park no any member of order Galliformes was observed while in University of Karachi no any member of order Anseriformes and Pelicaniformes was observed during the study period.
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Author(s): Saeed Abbas Shahid Hussain Karim Gabol Rahila Tabassum Haider AbbasMuhammad Zafar Khan Babar Khan and Muhammad Umair Ali Khan
Birds fauna, Safari Park, species, population density., Animal Physiology, Cell and molecular biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Immunology