of electromagnetic radiations on diversity and
biology of birds living near power lines and
towers at Ludhiana, Punjab
Kler*, M. Kumar and N. Vashishat
Zoology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004, India
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Paper received : 09.03.2016
Revised received : 17.08.2016
Re-revised received :
Accepted : 01.07.2017
Aim: Mobile towers and
high voltage power transmission towers are ubiquitous in the developed world
and in urban areas of many developing countries. The present study was
undertaken to monitor relative abundance of avian species in relation to
mobile towers and high voltage power transmission towers.
count method was used for the survey. The observations were recorded from
January to December 2014 at selected eleven sites i.e., five in
relation to mobile towers; five with respect to high voltage power transmission
towers and one control site, respectively, at the campus of Punjab
Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana.
richness of 20, 27 and 36 bird species were observed at the selected sites
near mobile towers, near high voltage power transmission towers and control
site, respectively. The breeding success of Common Myna was 88.11 % in the
artificial nests installed near mobile towers. Breeding success of 96.25 %
and 83.33 % was recorded by Common Myna and Spotted Owlet in the artificial
nests installed near high voltage power transmission towers. The breeding
success of Common Myna and Spotted Owlet was 100.0% and 87.5% in artificial
nests installed at control site.
findings of this study revealed that there was low bird abundance and breeding
success near mobile towers and high voltage power transmission towers as
compared to control site. It may be possible due to the clandestine effect of
electromagnetic radiations along with the other unforeseen factors.
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