Nesting ecology of the Red-whiskered bulbul at city centre and periphery in Lucknow, Northern India. - A. Mazumdar, P. Kumar. - Berkut. 16 (1). 2007. - P. 98-102.
The nesting ecology of Red-whiskered Bulbul was investigated and compared between the city centre and peripheral areas among farmlands and dense vegetation of Lucknow city, India. Both the study regions had a 16 km2 area. The nests at the city centre showed clumping due to less food supply, were fewer in number, thin walled, had lesser mean depth, lesser mean clutch size and were at times constructed on man made structures due to shortage of nesting sites, had a greater mean height and took a longer duration to be completed as against the peripheral nests located on city outskirts. In both study areas male and female bulbuls took active part in site selection, nest construction, incubation and protecting and feeding the youngs. However, city centre nests had a higher mortality rate and lower nesting success which could be attributed to less favourable conditions related to nest concealment, protection from inclement weather and food availability. [English].
Key words: Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus, India, behaviour, ecology, breeding, nest, egg.
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