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Kerala Bird Atlas (KBA)

  • IASbaba
  • January 24, 2022
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Kerala Bird Atlas (KBA)

Part of: Prelims 

Context: The Kerala Bird Atlas (KBA), the first-of-its-kind State-level bird atlas in India, has created solid baseline data about the distribution and abundance of bird species across all major habitats.

Key takeaways 

  • It is Conducted as a citizen science-driven exercise.
  • The KBA has been prepared based on systematic surveys held twice over 60 days a year during the wet (July to September) and dry (January to March) seasons between 2015 and 2020.
  • It accounts for nearly three lakh records of 361 species.
  • It is arguably Asia’s largest bird atlas in terms of geographical extent.

Key findings

  • It was found that the species count was higher during the dry season than in the wet seasons.
  • Species richness and evenness were higher in the northern and central districts than in the southern districts.
  • Most of the endemics were concentrated in the Western Ghats while the threatened species were mostly along the coast.
  • The survey ignored the short duration passage of migrant species.

News Source: TH

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