Department of Zoology, S. D. (PG) College, Panipat-132 103 ( Haryana), India
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(Received : October 12, 2018; Accepted : November 30, 2018)
The present studies were carried out at Hathnikund Barrage in Yamunanagar district for the recordings of avian diversity in and around river Yamuna. The observations had been made for consecutive two years. Due to the construction of Barrage at Hathnikund, the water of river Yamuna has been diverted into the Western and Eastern Yamuna Canal. The reservoir which is formed as a result of construction of the Barrage served as a wetland for a number of water birds migratory as well as resident species. Most of the avian fauna observed in the river were winter visitors which migrated from Asia and Europe during winter in order to overcome extremely low temperature. The study area had been visited periodically. During the studies, a total of 57 wetland avian species belonging to 08 orders and 17 families were observed at the study site. Out of 57 species of wetland birds, 14 species were resident, 35 species were winter migratory, 7 species were local migratory and status was unknown for one species.
Key words : Hathnikund Barrage, avian fauna, wetland birds