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Breeding and Feeding Behaviour of Jungle Babbler (Turdiodes striata Dumont, 1923) in Agro-Ecological Zones of District Layyah, Pakistan

Breeding and Feeding Behaviour of Jungle Babbler (Turdiodes striata Dumont, 1923) in Agro-Ecological Zones of District Layyah, Pakistan

 Muhammad Rafay1,*, Ghafoor Ahmad1, Tahira Ruby2, Muhammad Abdullah3, Fahad Rasheed4, Muhammad Abid1, Sohail Akhtar5, Zulfiqar Ahmad6 and Riaz Hussain7

1Department of Forestry, Range and Wildlife Management, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur
2Department of Zoology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur
3Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 
4Department of Forestry and Range Management, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
5Department of Entomology, University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 
6Department of Food Science and Technology, University College of agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 
7University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 

*      Corresponding author: rafay@iub.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

The study was undertaken to find out breeding activities and feeding behavior of jungle babbler Turdoides striata from February to September, 2014. The cup shaped nests were made of dry grass and roots by a group of individuals of jungle babbler on Albizzia species having an average clutch size of 4 eggs. Average peripheral and core diameter, depth of nest was 13, 9 and 7 cm, respectively. Breeding completed in 36 days including incubation, nestling, post nestling and fledgling stages of 13, 5, 4, and 14 days, respectively. Overall predation during these stages was 57%. Adults consumed grains, insects, termites and flies during morning and evening frequently while providing insects, flies and larvae to their young ones. Highly sensitive video camera was arranged to check their ecological behavior and breeding calls. Sentinel, breeding, roosting and bathing behaviours were studied along with vocalization. Statistical packages (mean values and standard deviation) were used to find out the potential results.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630

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