Wintering population of Houbara Bustard in Punjab, Pakistan (2002–2003). - M.S. Nadeem, T. Mahmood, M. Asif. - Berkut. 19 (1-2). 2010. - P. 133-140.
The Houbara Bustard population in three Localities of Punjab (Rajanpur-Rojhan, Thal and Cholistan) was surveyed in November 2002 and 2003. The population of Houbara in Punjab was estimated to comprise of 4,393 birds with a density of 0.136 ± 0.005 birds/km2 in 2002 and 3,813 birds with a density of 0.118 ± 0.005 birds/km2 in 2003. The population in 2003 was 13.2% smaller and 14.5% less dense than in 2002. Population size and density data of a number of other studies carried out on the Houbara in the recent past in the same areas were compared. Houbara habitat in Punjab has been shrinking, degraded and converted into agricultural fields. [English].
Key words: Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis macqueenii, number, population density, habitat, conservation.
Address: M.S. Nadeem, Zoology Department, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan.