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Research article2023Peer reviewedOpen access

A preliminary observation on the nesting of the Indochinese Roller Coracias affinis Horsfield, 1840 (Aves: Coraciiformes: Coraciidae) in Assam and northern West Bengal, India

Ranade, S.; Gore, J.; Ranade, S.

Abstract

The nesting of Indochinese Roller was observed in Rani, Kamrup, Assam for 49 days in April–May 2022. The male was noted hunting more frequently compared to the female, but its prey items consisted of smaller biomass than those the female hunted. Opportunistically, more nests were recorded at Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal and Kaziranga National Park, Assam. The preferred tree species for nesting were Sal Shorea robusta, Mynah Tetrameles nudiflora, and Koroi Albizia procera; the preferred nest height was 9.2 m.

Keywords

Buxa; cavity nesting; Kaziranga; parental role; prey base

Published in

Journal of Threatened Taxa
2023, Volume: 15, number: 11, pages: 24280-24283 Publisher: Zoo Outreach Organisation