DOCUMENTATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA

 

BNP a Dry deciduous forest is rich in biodiversity as well. we have been keeping tabs on birds in and around BNP from past 10 years. Resident and migratory birds have been observed photographed and documented. We have identified more than 180 different species of birds including some of the visitors like forest wagtail, Indian Pitta,  Asian Paradise flycatcher, ultramarine flycatcher, orange headed thrush and endangered birds like darter, Francolin, Jungle Fowl, Egyptian Vulture, Red-headed Vulture . The apex predator the Bengal tiger has been spotted in Bannerughatta national park since 3 years and Leopards have been spotted on several occasions. Wild dogs, Indian fox and  Asian Elephant, Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer , Sambar, Sloth Bear, Civet, Porcupine and the endangered Slender Loris has been documented in this forest.

Coming to reptiles various species of Geckos are documented, some of them are yet to be identified. India’s big four the Indian spectacled Cobra, Russles Viper, Common Krait, Saw-Scaled Viper is distributed widely in BNP. Other  snakes like Painted Bronze Back Tree Snake, Common Kukri, Indian Banded Racer and the rare Calamaria Reed Snake, Red Sand Boa and the recently discovered Yellow Bellied Cat Snake. The India’s  largest snake Indian Rock Python, the Bengal Monitor Lizard, Crocodile and highly endangered Star Tortoise has been documented.

Frogs like Indian Bull frog, Marbeled Ballon frog, Ornate Narrow mouthed frog, Srilankan Painted frog and 10 other different species of frogs are documented. The rarely found Gunther’s Toad has been documented from various parts of the forest.

We also identified more than 60 species of Spiders, more than 80 species of Butterflies 40 species of Moths.

 

 

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