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Advances in Zoology
Volume 2014, Article ID 430297, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/430297
Research Article

Diversity and Distribution of Avian Fauna of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Department of Zoology, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Buner Campus, Pakistan

Received 18 May 2014; Revised 14 August 2014; Accepted 20 August 2014; Published 2 September 2014

Academic Editor: Luciano J. Avila

Copyright © 2014 Amir Jan Pathan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This survey was conducted from January 2013 to December 2013 to explore the avian fauna of Swat valley and to find out the major threats to the avian fauna of the area as it was neglected for years. Direct and indirect methods were used in the study by visiting the field and by interviewing the local peoples and hunters about the current and past status of the avian fauna of the area. During the current study direct and indirect methods were used. A total of 138 species were recorded belonging to 13 orders and 48 families. The order Passeriformes were recorded much in number that were 31 species. Most of the birds were migratory and few were resident. The fauna was very rich due to the flora of the area and also due to less hunting. Orders Anseriformes, Apodiformes, Charadriiformes, Columbiformes, Pelecaniformes, Phoenicopteriformes, and Psittaciformes were found migratory and orders Ciconiiformes, Coraciiformes, Galliformes, and Piciformes were found resident while some members of Gruiformes and Passeriformes were found migratory and some resident.