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Population Status and Diurnal Behaviour of the Indian Flying Fox Pteropus giganteus (Brünnich, 1782) in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Population Status and Diurnal Behaviour of the Indian Flying Fox Pteropus giganteus (Brünnich,... This study documents the population status and behaviour of the Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus) at two locations in the temperate environment of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. During the five-month study, from 14th July, 2014 to 2nd January, 2015, peak populations were observed in October, 2014 at Sallaghari (1550 individuals) and Keshar Mahal (949 individuals). The behavioural study resulted in 1130 observed events of 10 different behavioural activities at Sallaghari and 1158 events of the same activities at Keshar Mahal. Sleeping, grooming, wing spreading and wing flapping were frequently observed at both study sites. The behaviour of P. giganteus is influenced by the weather and air temperature irrespective of hours of the day and date of observation. Habitat destruction, lack of food, pollution and misconception were the major threats to P. giganteus perceived by local people in course of interviews. Knowledge regarding the population size and behaviours of wildlife species is essential to understand the conservation needs for the survival and management of wild animals and their habitat. This study provides baseline information for two populations of Indian flying fox (P. giganteus) in Kathmandu Valley Nepal. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Zoological Society Springer Journals

Population Status and Diurnal Behaviour of the Indian Flying Fox Pteropus giganteus (Brünnich, 1782) in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Zoological Society, Kolkata, India
Subject
Life Sciences; Life Sciences, general; Zoology; Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Biodiversity; Conservation Biology/Ecology
ISSN
0373-5893
eISSN
0974-6919
DOI
10.1007/s12595-017-0219-x
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Abstract

This study documents the population status and behaviour of the Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus) at two locations in the temperate environment of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. During the five-month study, from 14th July, 2014 to 2nd January, 2015, peak populations were observed in October, 2014 at Sallaghari (1550 individuals) and Keshar Mahal (949 individuals). The behavioural study resulted in 1130 observed events of 10 different behavioural activities at Sallaghari and 1158 events of the same activities at Keshar Mahal. Sleeping, grooming, wing spreading and wing flapping were frequently observed at both study sites. The behaviour of P. giganteus is influenced by the weather and air temperature irrespective of hours of the day and date of observation. Habitat destruction, lack of food, pollution and misconception were the major threats to P. giganteus perceived by local people in course of interviews. Knowledge regarding the population size and behaviours of wildlife species is essential to understand the conservation needs for the survival and management of wild animals and their habitat. This study provides baseline information for two populations of Indian flying fox (P. giganteus) in Kathmandu Valley Nepal.

Journal

Proceedings of the Zoological SocietySpringer Journals

Published: May 26, 2017

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