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FEEDING REGIMENS OF ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET (Psillacula krameri) ON A SUNFLOWER FIELD IN AN AGRO-ECOSYSTEM OF CENTRAL PUNJAB, PAKISTAN
Muhammad Tariq Iqbal, Hammad Ahmad Khan and Mahmood-ul-Hassan Ahmad 

Department of Zoology and Fisheries, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan

Abstract   

    The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a serious avian pest and as such, destroys a variety of food crops throughout the Central Punjab. This paper documents information about the feeding regimens of the parakeet with reference to the sunflower field. For the two years, the average number of parakeet during the morning foraging session was 11.59 ± 1.76, and for the afternoon it was 15.29 ± 1.79. It was concluded that the food sources should be protected against the attack of parakeets preferably by using the trap crops near the cultivations along with the intelligent use of avicides and chemosterilants to inhibit the parakeet population    

Key words: Parakeet, sunflower field, agro-ecosystem, feeding regimens

 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



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