Diversity of avifauna in Mydala Wetland of Tumkur, Karnataka, India
The Mydala Wetlandwhich is situated near Tumakuru, Karnataka State, India, provides territory for various avifauna. Different avian species were recorded in different seasons. They are common natives of the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and have been considered as an indicator species of inhabited areas. They are very sensitive indicators for pollution and functions as early warning system. Observations were made on the occurrence and diversity of avifauna January 2020 to December 2020. During the present study, totally 71 species were identified belonging to 30 families and 14 orders were recorded from the wetland. More species were sighted in order Passeriformes, followed by Charadriiformes and Ciconiiformes. It was evident that Purple Moorhen, Coots and Ducts have developed high tolerance to this highly fluctuating habitat and human anthropogenic activity.