Avifauna in the Wetlands and Suburbs of Kollam District, Kerala
Vattakandy Jasin Rahman, Muhammad Shafi Sirajudeen, and Anoop Chandra Bhanu
A survey on the avian diversity in the wetlands and suburbs of Kollam district was carried out during December 2015 to March 2017. A total of 53species of birds belonging to 34 families from13 orders were recorded. 34 Species of these were residents, 14 were migrants and 5 were local migrants. Among the birds spotted, the White necked Stork assumes ‘Vulnerable’ status and Oriental White Ibis is ‘Near Threatened’, whereas all other birds recorded are of ‘Least Concern’ according to the IUCN status. When the Order Passeriformes registered higher diversity (18) followed by Pelecaniformes (10), Charadriiformes (6) and Coraciiformes (5), other Orders represented only one or two members. This study deserves importance in the context of habitat degradation caused by the booming industry, construction activities and environmental pollution.